‘The Purpose of Education: A Need for an Extensive Public Debate’

Our good friend Dr Tim Rudd has been stirring up public and political eductaional debate for some time.  To kick off 2012 he’s attempting to get 100,000 signatures on the following e-petition. I doubt that anyone in the CPE-PEN networks would dissent from Tim’s petition so I urge you to take the time out to support it.

Please sign the e-petition ‘The Purpose of Education: A Need for an Extensive Public Debate’ at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25504

If it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons, so please tweet, blog and share with others who feel a meaningful debate on this issue is well overdue.
How many times over recent years have we heard claims that there is a need for an extensive public debate around the purpose of education? Yet, why has such a debate never materialised? How many Governments, Ministers and policies have there been without such a debate taking place? Does this mean that education policy is informed more by political expediency and ideology than it is by what we know about learning and teaching?
In the context of the current socio-economic crises and wider concerns about the future of society, we need to debate the purpose of education now more than ever.
There are numerous groups and organisations who feel the skills, competencies and abilities being developed in schools are not suited to future needs. Many others feel the values and principles underpinning the education system need to be re-considered, whilst others still question the relevance, form and function of our current education system altogether.
Please sign the e-petition ‘The Purpose of Education: A need for an Extensive Public Debate’ at: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25504

Research, Development & Innovations.
Dr. Tim Rudd
Tel: 07729 806506
Email: tprudd@gmail.com
Linkedin: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/tim-rudd/2/69a/2a3
Purpose of Education: An Extensive Public Debate

Responsible department: Department for Education
There is a need for an informed public debate on the purpose of education. No expansive debate has taken place in recent years. Significant global, environmental and socio-economic conditions make such a debate vital. Policies are set by dominant political parties representing a minority of the electorate. Ministers often have no professional background in education. Numerous organisations and individuals holding significantly different views exist. Existing debates and policies are limited by party political arguments. Broader informed and diverse debates incorporating alternative perspectives are required to ensure vested interests are not over-represented. Government should ensure there is an extensive national and public debate around the purpose of education. An independent body should be established to explore varying perspectives and utilise mechanisms and media to ensure such perspectives inform wider public debates. Government should pledge to act upon outcomes

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