Category Archives: culture

About ‘our’ flags

In Denmark, many houses have small Danish flags outside. In many other countries, displaying the national flag is a normal thing to do. So is it a problem to fly the UK national flag, the “Union Flag”, or in England, … Continue reading

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Culture, information and a resilient community?

Notes from a short provocation for a workshop on Informational Inequalities at the University of Manchester Policy Week day conference on Education Policy and Educational Inequalities. I was asked to contribute one of five brief scene-setting interventions, mine being to … Continue reading

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On Armed Forces Day, 2010

21 June, 2010 Last Saturday was a lovely day so we went to the seaside. Scarborough in fact. Arriving in this still distinctive traditional English seaside spa town we realised something was going on – ooh a festival, a fête, … Continue reading

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Re-framing the mess we’re in: ideology-action-structures and coloniality V2

Re-framing the mess we’re in: ideology-action-structures and coloniality A working paper, 2013, Version 2 May, 2014 reframing the mess we are in V2 I have continued to work on these themes and thought it worth doing an update of the … Continue reading

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Key Words from Raymond Williams

“I cannot accept that education is a training for jobs, or for making useful citizens….. I ask for a common education that will give our society cohesion, and prevent it disintegrating into a series of specialist departments, the nation become … Continue reading

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A little education is a dangerous thing

In this month, so called ‘peaceful’ right wing Venezuelan students have burned down a public University.  And the UK government has introduced rules preventing the sending of books to prisoners.  Says a lot.

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Tony Benn, George Osborne, Bertolt Brecht

Tony Benn – exuded decency and compassion and always stood with the oppressed. George Osborne – exudes smugness and contempt for  people and planet alike. Bertolt Brecht wrote something like this….. There are those who are arseholes for one day. … Continue reading

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