Overschooled but Undereducated – Number one on Amazon

Delighted to report the success of  John Aboot and Heather MacTaggarts latest book.

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 Within a couple of weeks of emailing nearly 800 of you in late November to say that Overschooled but Undereducated had just been published, Amazon.uk posted it as the current bestseller for the History of Education, and third for Educational Policy.

That was enormously satisfying.  However, given a few moments of thought, I fear that the actual number of books on education which Amazon sells can’t be appreciably higher than the meagre stock of education books normally found in a local bookshop.  As I was told when seeking a publisher, education may be something that politicians never tire of talking about but, as far as the general public is concerned, the only books on education they will buy are guides for their children on how to improve their exam results.

It was to fill this void by creating a book that would capture the imagination of the general public, that Overschooled but Undereducated was written.  As one teacher said of it: “This may well be the most important and significant book that young people and those involved with education will read.”

It was in that spirit that many of you went out and bought a copy.  We also know that several schools in England, Canada and India have bought enough copies for each of their staff.  A Book Launch was held at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London a few days ago and others are to be held in Bath (Mr B’s Emporium, 20th January; St Stephen’s School, 21st January, and St Mark’s School, 2nd February).  A major presentation is to be made to schools from the Eastern Mediterranean in Antalya, Turkey at the end of January and on Vancouver Island in early March.  Other book launches are presently being arranged – for Manchester in early February and Sussex shortly after.  Offers of suitable locations in other parts of Britain will be most welcome.

John Abbott

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