Review: The Great University Gamble                                                                                                                             

Andrew  McGettigan   The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education,  Pluto Press, London, 2013. 240pp., £16.99 pb  ISBN 9780745332932 Reviewed by Patrick Ainley              http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2013/744 Perhaps this book will at last get academic Marxists to apply their scholarship to (higher) education. It is ‘pitched at a general readership’ (ix) but this ‘tour through … Continue reading Review: The Great University Gamble                                                                                                                             

CAMPAIGN FOR THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY BOOK REVIEWS

Patrick Ainley                                 http://publicuniversity.org.uk/2013/04/09/review-of-books-focused-on-the-public-university/ Andrew McGettigan (2013) The Great University Gamble, Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education, London: Pluto, pp.209, £16.99, 978-0-7453-3293-2 Roger Brown with Helen Carasso (2013)  Everything for Sale? The marketization of UK higher education, London: Routledge and the Society for Research into Higher Education, pp.235, £26.99, 978-0-415-80980-1 These two books … Continue reading CAMPAIGN FOR THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY BOOK REVIEWS

Review of The Great Reversal

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/536390455 The election of the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition in 2010 brought about a relentless series of attacks on English education (devolution means that the situation is different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). For the most part these attacks are understood as the commodification and marketisation of education. While Allen & Ainley do not dispute … Continue reading Review of The Great Reversal

Book Review

Patrick Ainley reviews Dead Man Working                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Carl Cederstrom, Peter Fleming                                                                                                                                                                             Zero Books, Winchester, 2012. 76pp., £9.99 pb                                                                      http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2013/709 '.....Cederstrom and Fleming accept a post-ideological reality in which there is no alternative to a capitalism that has outstripped any useful or progressive function it once had and yet is ‘more powerful and influential than ever’. Thus, … Continue reading Book Review

More Blue Skies

Patrick Ainley  reviews  New thinking about the future of higher education reveals only paralysis in response to the New Order being imposed on higher education  Forthcoming in next issue of  ‘POST-16 EDUCATOR’  http://www.post16educator.org.uk/ Introduction Engels – or was it Lenin? – says somewhere that the presentation of many different views on the same subject quickly … Continue reading More Blue Skies

Book Review: ‘Capsule Education’

Patrick Ainley FORTHCOMING IN HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW The Consumer Experience of Higher Education, The Rise of Capsule Education by Deirdre McArdle-Clinton, Continuum 978-1-4411-7919-7 (pbk), £27.99 I read this book as a treat after two week’s marking. At this point I should stop because the state of higher education in Ireland so presciently described by Deirdre … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Capsule Education’

Book Review : Peter Latham The State and Local Government

                                                                       Patrick Ainley  reviews Peter Latham's The State and Local Government: Towards a New Basis for 'Local Democracy'  and the Defeat of Big Business Control                        http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2012/541#.T80czA5BSdQ.email

Two Manifestos for the fight against fees

Book reviews for Post-16 Educator  by Patrick Ainley  'A Manifesto for the Public University’ John Holmwood (ed.)  (2011) London Bloomsbury ‘The Assault on Universities, A Manifesto for Resistance'  Michael Bailey  and Des Freedman (eds) (2011) London, Pluto Where are we? As Andrew McGettigan asked on his Critical Education blog at the end of 2011, noting ' the government’s strategy … Continue reading Two Manifestos for the fight against fees

Book Review: Remaking the Curriculum; re-engaging young people in the secondary school

Martin Allen   Education Review  Volume 24. N0 1 Remaking the Curriculum; re-engaging young people in the secondary school.   Martin Fautley, Richard Hatcher and Elaine Millard.  Trentham Books 2011, ISBN: 978-1-85856-471-5 The very title of this book should be enough to entice secondary practitioners stuck in a daily grind; where teaching has become focussed on preparing for the … Continue reading Book Review: Remaking the Curriculum; re-engaging young people in the secondary school

No Country for the Young (edited by Richard Hatcher and Ken Jones)

No Country for the Young.  From New Labour  to the Coalition    Tufnell Press  (www.tufnellpress.co.uk)   http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_10?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field keywords=no+country+for+the+young&sprefix=no+country Download    flyer  Can the ‘Lost Generation’ find its way?  Young people, education and society Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley As recognised by the parents, teachers and school pupils who joined F&H  students demonstrating against fee rises and for a … Continue reading No Country for the Young (edited by Richard Hatcher and Ken Jones)