The Blob Strikes Back!

Patrick Ainley and Martin Allen The Blob Strikes Back! A review of Schools at Risk! Gove’s School Revolution Scrutinised edited by Trevor Fisher for the Socialist Education Association Gove has characterised his critics in ‘the academic educational establishment’ as ‘The Blob’. If there is an academic educational establishment, some of the authors of this pamphlet … Continue reading The Blob Strikes Back!

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