So, should EDUCATION be democratic?

Untelevised: The Podcast

03-08-2021 • 1 hr 34 mins

In our penultimate episode of the season, we’re continuing our exploration of democracy with a deep dive into education. Schools are a fundamental foundation of a society, where each generation of citizens go to learn what and how to think.

Currently, England’s education system has been built to get as many children as possible learning a fixed set of things in a fixed way. And then to prove this knowledge through testing and exams. But is this what society, or its children, want or needs? We explore this with a State Secondary School teacher and an Education Policy Expert.

Thank you to Renata Medeiros Mirra, Lecturer at Cardiff University, for suggesting this topic and helping us to produce the episode.

Learn - what does the education system in the UK look like? (4 mins 15 secs)

Discuss - Loic Menzies, The Centre for Education and Youth (13 mins) find them on Twitter (organisation)/ Twitter (personal)/ Instagram/ Facebook/ YouTube/ LinkedIn (organisation)/ LinkedIn (personal)/ Website Mark Schvetz, Dorothy Stringer School (44 mins) find them on Twitter/ Instagram/ LinkedIn/ Website

Share - what can we all do? (1 hour 25 mins)

Things we mentioned (or think you should check out):

Democracy Episode; Running as a Candidate Episode; Workers’ Rights Episode; Capitalism Episode; Socialism Episode; A timeline of education in the UK; Types of School in the UK; School Leaving Age in the UK; The National Curriculum; OFSTED; Department for Education; University Tuition Fees; How much was your university Vice Chancellor paid?; Changing Education Paradigms; The Black Curriculum; Radical Restart; Rekindle School Manchester; Phoenix Education; Big Education Conversation.

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Untelevised: The Podcast is produced by Untelevised, a joint platform between Filmanthropy and May Project Gardens. Sponsored by the Lankelly Chase Foundation.