Alternative Education and Community Engagement: Making by Ornette D. Clennon

By Ornette D. Clennon

This publication explores the moral and philosophical concerns at the back of the availability of market-led substitute schooling. the amount examines the types of unfastened, Studio, Supplementary and Co-operative college provisions, asking no matter if a market-based method of offering better criteria of schooling truly works.

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87). It may be wise to choose a model of schooling, then, that is democratic, dialectic (or problem posing) and that is able to reject the National Curriculum, as many Free Schools are. Then what are you to teach in your new school? According to Blakemore and Firth (2005, p. 0006 Education and Social Change: A Theoretical Approach  being handed that information. This has echoes of Dewey’s (1965; 1997) laboratory schools in the United States. Dewey set up a school in which the children decided everything and were merely facilitated by their teachers.

It is important to remember that the purposes of education are by no means agreed or incontestable (Dadds, 2001, p. 48), which gives educators and parents a mandate to reinvent education for the better. Another essential criteria when thinking about the most appropriate form of education is that “humans are emotional beings and the emotions are central to any learning process” (Ollis, 2012, p. 216), especially if one wishes to create an education that re-organises social relationships in order to establish a more collective and communitarian outlook in those experiencing that system of education.

Social change is rather the outcome of the barely visible transformation of the daily lives and activities of millions of people. We must look beyond activism, then, to the millions and millions of refusals and other-doings, the millions and millions of cracks that constitute the material base of possible radical change. In this sense, education becomes one of the “refusals”, the “other-doings” of Holloway’s argument. It is arguable whether any activity that promotes social change however big or small should or should not be called “activism”, but that is for a different discussion.

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