Editorial: Politics and the Beast


  • Helen E Lees Newman University


Educational alternatives, progressive education, alternative education, difference, educational theory, educational philosophy, home education, education policy


Oh dear. In recent times, in English speaking lands (but not just there), the kind of politics that ignores complex stories of life journey and avoids engaging in compassion for and with the Other has risen to power. The reason in my view lies largely with people devoid of the necessary conceptual frames for complexity—difference of and in the Other thus inducing in these voters a sense of feeling overwhelmed rather than it being ‘of interest’—these people being or having become tired of complexity and its workload. They want the simple life. They want things black and white. With an emphasis on the white...

Is it right? Hell no. It betokens a view of the human based on the most ridiculously superficial of signals for identity...


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