Another Way is Possible – But We Have to Be OPPORTUNISTS!

(Keynote, Hungary EUDEC Conference, Budapest 10th March, 2019)


  • Derry Hannam


What’s wrong with what we have now? Well as my time is short I am going to presume two things in this talk. First, that Bertrand Russell and John Dewey were correct when they both said conventional authoritarian schools offer the choice of becoming either submissive or rebellious. They said neither provides a good preparation for living in a democracy or taking responsibility for your own life. Second, we are here today because we agree with them.

To make the point and bring it up to date I will repeat a few words from the brilliant piece written by 16 year-old Harriet Sweatman, in this year’s Scottish Schools Young Writer of the Year Award. She writes “…Capitalism tells us that if we are not fit to work, then we are worthless. There is no love in learning any more…we envy the people who have left already...

Author Biography

Derry Hannam

Retired deputy head, inspector, adviser

Currently consulting on range of democratic education projects worldwide






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