‘Re-imagine everything’ Grace Lee Boggs
State of Education at the London Anarchist Bookfair 29th October 2016
~PROGRAMME OF DISCUSSIONS 2-4pm ~
Park View School, West Green Rd, N15 3QR
A series of parallel workshops organised by StateofEducation, on the theme of anarchism and education.
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.
>> 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.
>> 2pm – What is anarchist education in relation to broader anarchist movements and as a response to dominant schooling? Historical contexts and shared experiences as a combination of presentations and discussions.
>> 3pm – Where do we want to resist politically and what are our experiences of anarchist education in different settings eg; autonomous spaces, schools, university, home education? Questions to the room, discussed in smaller groups by theme.
“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
>> The state of education in Britain today.
>> 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.
>> 2pm – Self-organised education. Discussions on:
Home education – www.theotherwiseclub.org.uk
Anti-university: Self-organising /education as direct action –www.antiuniversity.org
Youth, play & community work – www.indefenceofyouthwork.com
>> 3pm – Resisting racist and neo-liberal policies. Discussions on:
Anti-Academisation/ Privatisation/ Selectionwww.jennycollinsteacher.wordpress.com
School ABC: Boycott School Census – www.schoolsabc.net
Why Teachers Oppose Prevent – http://whyteachers-opposeprevent.rhcloud.com
“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.” Paolo Freire, 1990