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Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading in the Archive (I)

by Emily Rutherford

It seems no wonder, then, that paranoia, once the topic is broached in a nondiagnostic context, seems to grow like a crystal in a hypersaturated solution, blotting out any sense of the possibility of alternative ways of understanding or things to understand.

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Think Pieces

Schools as Factories: Metaphors That Stick

You have seen images like these time and again:

The idea of the school as an efficient factory assembly line has a long but surprising history. 685 more words

Reforming Schools

Out of the Weaving Secret reblogged this on Magnitudes of dissonance and commented:

[caption id="attachment_286" align="aligncenter" width="283"]Once, this was a comforting image. Now, it's a criticism. Once, this was a comforting image. Now, it's a criticism.[/caption] This connects with my own exploration of the Schools as Factories Metaphors on LinkedIn in this article "Work Transformed in the Knowledge Era" (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/work-transformed-knowledge-era-btwschool-business-duane-sharrock/edit) and in this article "What's the School Biz?" (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/public-school-does-more-than-academics-duane-sharrock-duane-sharrock/edit). However, this article has more important information around the origins of the metaphor--tracking it back to Professor Ellwood P. Cubberly, and how it was widely accepted and promoted "by champions of uniformity, productivity, and more more bang for each dollar spent in every aspect of schooling". It makes me wonder if the War Effort and returning GIs were a factor.

Learned Patriots: An Interview

What were Ottomans talking about when they talked about science? In posing and answering that question (spoiler: they were talking about people), M. Alper Yalcinkaya’s new book  83 more words


The logic of the ladder – elite widening participation and the implicit “scholarship boy” discourse which never went away

I argue here that the logic and implied class-ism of “raising up” a gifted few through the 11+ was never completely lost and has returned with a vengeance in the widening participation discourse at certain elite universities. 2,038 more words

Saying farewell to Michael Barratt Brown

Around 80 people gathered yesterday at Golders Green to say goodbye to Michael Barratt Brown. Michael was an extraordinary man: born in 1918, he made his mark as an economist, political activist, gardener, peace campaigner, free trade pioneer, Quaker and above all as an adult educator. 315 more words

Lifelong Learning

Remembering Michael Barratt Brown

Michael Barratt Brown was the first Principal of Northern College, a residential college for adults which opened in September 1978. I was lucky enough to take one of the first jobs at the College, and taught there from 1978 to 1985. 770 more words

Lifelong Learning