On Saturday 29th October we will be at the London anarchist bookfair where we will run two workshops in collaboration with others (tbc), on the theme of anarchism and education. More information will be announced, if you are interested and would like to get in touch, please write to us at email@example.com
We are looking forward to seeing you there,
State of education
When: 2pm to 4pm
Where: Park View School
West Green Road, London, N15 3QR
Strand 1: What is Anarchist Education?
Anarchist Education involves different relationships between teacher and student than in mainstream education, so how can this be realised, and within what contexts? Relating differently involves different kinds of pedagogies, not just explicit lessons, but different values and practices. Importantly, it is not simply concerned with pedagogical methods but is concerned that the structure and content of education upholds and transmits anarchist principles.
We will explore the concepts and theories of anarchist education by sharing our understandings of and questions about anarchist education theory and draw on our experiences and interpretations. We can collectively respond to how others have imagined and realised anarchist pedagogy and anarchist educations; how we imagine and realise anarchist pedagogy and education in different situations (eg: state schools; anarchist schools; self-organised learning spaces in youth clubs and squatted spaces); and, finally, where we are best positioned to actualise anarchist education.
“If education should really mean anything at all, it must insist upon the free growth and development of the innate forces and tendencies of the child. In this way alone can we hope for the free individual and eventually also for a free community which shall make interference and coercion of human growth impossible.”
Emma Goldman, 1906
Strand 2: The state of education in Britain today – how should we respond in light of current neo-liberal reforms and racist policies (such as Prevent)?
How are we / should we be responding and resisting to the increasing marketisation and privatisation of education (eg white paper reforms) and authoritarian and racist government strategies (eg Prevent)?
This workshop will invite practical responses to how we can organise around current education trends and policies, as well as exploring ideas of how to change society from the classroom, using elements of anarchist / radical education. And finally, ask how we can intervene to promote education that will embrace liberatory opportunities and interact with social struggles.
We would like to create a welcoming space where people from different strands of life (newly qualified teachers, experienced teachers and educators, students and parents) will exchange thoughts and ideas for developing collective and individual resistances to the existing situation.
“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.”
Paolo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and