No place for our learning - Universities and the changing face of education (2nd edition)
by Hearts and Minds Media
Fun as learning - Play as progress
Remember when you were a child and kindergarten was a time to play and learn to tie your shoes? Well times have changed and it seems like all we hear about today is the common core standards and how politicians are pushing for students to be "college ready." How can we make learning fun again?
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I felt the increasing need to highlight the greed, double standards and hypocrisy which is the modern
university, despite genuine academics and staff doing their best with real pay cuts, attacks on their
job security, way of life and ability to maintain their position. When Universities become business’s
or institutions of greed they cease to be a school of learning and the truth isn’t found within and it’s
a parody of its original purpose of truth in diversity and working together for the benefit of
conveying knowledge, learning and respect for life.
The following are a list of articles from the socialist paper Morning star which is the only such
publication in the UK which I’ve related to highlight the changing face of ‘modern education’. I have
been involved in higher education since 2005 when I joined the Open University and have since then
dealt with dozens of universities (public and private) in addition to education bodies (DoH, DoE, DoB,
DWP), councils, governments(Welsh, Scottish, Irish and English) and international bodies
(EU,US,CA,NZ,AUS) relating to STEM partnerships. As a freelance researcher, writer and designer I
was able to maintain a level of independence while studying and working with these bodies in
addition to involvement with strike action (UCU, Unison, Unite) and maintain links with teaching
bodies and watchdogs (NUT, Student unions and Office of the Independent Adjudicator).
Before the articles I have left a favourite section from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s the Celebration of
Intellect which I believe still resonates with educators today