Discontent with failed, top-down reform and the immediate prospect of political change have created a rare opportunity to reinvent education policy and to think afresh about how teachers and children should be encouraged to develop their full potential. The Pendulum Swings explores alternative, genuinely transformative conceptions of leadership and learning and shows how they could become the foundation for effectively improving our schools.
Since 1988, education reform has been driven by what Bernard Barker shows to be a delusion. The notion that learning can be improved through market place competition, regulation and inspection, quick leadership fixes, and best practice recipes, has proved wholly untrue. New Labour's education policies have become the single biggest obstacle to school improvement. In the year of a general election, the pendulum in education is swinging away from markets and measurement towards a humane and professional approach to schools and learning. This timely book shows that policy makers must change their thinking completely, or schools will be trapped in cycles of perpetual change that lead nowhere.
Bernard Barker is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, School of Education, University of Leicester. He headed comprehensive community colleges in Cambridgeshire and Leicester for 19 years and is the author of the acclaimed Transforming Schools - illusion or reality?
`This is a book about doing schools differently ... a book of commitment to a better future and a book, ultimately, of hope.' Meg Maguire
- Educational Policy + Reform / General
- May 31, 2010
- May 31, 2010
- Bernard Barker