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Students who fought for school and ousted head are top of the class

In a lovely epilogue to a campaign to save their school from being converted into an academy, students at John Roan in Greenwich, London, have reported their best ever BTEC and A-Level results.

The John Roan Resists campaign was a particularly bruising result of Michael Gove’s stint as Education Minister, as his 19th-century ideas about how to bring out the best in 21st century children meshed catastrophically with modern-day… Continue reading

Anarchy and the Academy

Lund University, Sweden.

Anarchism and academia have always been curious bedfellows. On the one hand, they ought to be complimentary; anarchism is the belief that societies are best organised through the autonomy of those within them, and education is as important to self-mastery as the freedom necessarily entailed by the authenticity of such mastery. Yet academia itself is often tied to the augmentation, cultivation and justification for elite power: education was historically a tool used by the clergy and the aristocracy in order to rule over the serfdom, and then once again by elite actors in order to rationalise and legitimise their worldviews in the modern era. Scientists burned at the stake, theologians massacred for their appraisal of biblical ethics, and dissidents butchered for their politics: history is often a sketchbook written in blood. But what of contemporary societies, and what of the humanities in the context of the commodification of education? What is the role of the educator, the political theorist, the philosopher, in the emancipatory project of class struggle? Continue reading

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