(B)othering Education: An Autobiography of Alternatives

Ian Stronach


I need to come clean. Having been invited by the Editors to help launch the journal with a piece about Summerhill School, I was delayed by another journal article whose timely publication would aid our Research Excellence Framework submission. Thus was I once again brought low by the Audit Culture. It’s a true story, but also a parable - progressive intentions subverted by a reactionary regime, but for whose “self-regulating” efficacy I have to take responsibility...


Educational alternatives; theory; philosophy; educational philosophy; progressive education; alternative education;

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...open to be different...

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