Only the Dame could have stopped this pantomime…
The Head of Content at the Chartered College of Teaching (CCoT), Kate Hodge, this week released a bizarre statement of apology on behalf of its chief executive, Dame Alison Peacock (pictured above). The Dame was a guest on an episode of Renegade Inc. about the future of education called ‘Are the kids alright?’ In this statement, Hodge claimed – falsely – that Peacock was not aware that our independently produced television show is syndicated to and airs on RTUK.
Are the Kids Alright?
The days of the job for life, gold watch and a long and comfortable retirement are long gone. Ironically, today’s Western curriculum, which has barely changed for a century, continues to prepare pupils for a standardized world. How does a stagnating education system reinvent itself to equip students to solve new problems and prepare them for a workplace that doesn’t yet exist? Ross Ashcroft is joined by the chief executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, Professor Dame Alison Peacock, and educator and writer Graham Brown-Martin.
The student debt bomb
Out of all the arguments and excuses that people manufacture to justify the financialisation of society, the most difficult one to accept is that creating a market in education is the only way it can be funded. This view becomes even harder to justify when it is promoted by a generation of people who benefited from free further education. As many of that generation are now drawing their triple-lock pensions, a younger generation of students are being lumbered with eye-watering amounts of debt, which begs a very simple question: why have British politicians turned the classroom into an asset class?
Millennials: The landless generation
After the Global Financial Crisis, developed countries all over the world have created housing bubbles to prop-up their ailing economies, driving up prices, forever locking young people out of the market, diminishing their chance of financial security. You would be forgiven for thinking housing is the problem. In reality the problem is not housing but land. We explore why a land value tax is the only way to ensure prosperity for future generations.