School Wars: round up of the reaction so far…………

  Check our some of the reviews/interviews and book related features of the past few weeks. 

Andy Beckett in the Guardian:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/01/school-wars-melissa-benn-review

Anthony Seldon in the Observer; http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/sep/04/school-wars-education-benn-review

Phil Beadle in the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/school-wars-the-battle-for-britains-education-by-melissa-benn-2351229.html

Francis Beckett in The New Statesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/non-fiction/2011/09/education-benn-labour-children

Neil Fletcher in The Camden New Journal: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/reviews/books/2011/sep/books-review-school-wars-battle-britains-education-melissa-benn

Lucy Sherriff interview in Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/08/27/melissa-benn-free-schools-and-education_n_938872.html

Terry Wrigley in Socialist Review: http://www.socialistreview.org.uk/article.php?articlenumber=11793

Sadie Robinson interview in Socialist Worker: http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=26186

Samira Shackle in The New Statesman: http://www.newstatesman.com/education/2011/10/school-wilshaw-mossbourne

Compass website, comment piece: http://www.compassonline.org.uk/news/item.asp?n=13796

Book related pieces in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/melissabenn

Coming up: interviews and features in: Marianne ( French magazine), Epigram ( Bristol University student newspaper), The Richmond magazine, Red Pepper,  and Utdanning ( Norway’s chief educational journal)  and The Lady magazine. 

9 Responses to School Wars: round up of the reaction so far…………

  1. Much cleaner looking site Melissa – Is this Michael’s work? I think I need to come and take a new profile picture too. The one above has that “I hate having my photo taken” expression which doesn’t do justice to your youthful looks. (I’m going for the OBN Award in this week’s Private Eye 🙂

    • He did a really good job didn’t he. And such a nice guy. Thanks Tim. Now you can post all sorts on my site and everyone will be able to read it! MX

      • When you’ve finished with Michael I’ll need him for a day to sort out my disability advocacy site which hasn’t been updated for light years. Nice and clean upgrade he’s done on yours. If you want bells and whistles like monitoring whose looking and how they got there or putting in a link for others to see or sell your archives and books, then he knows how to do that too. He’s a very gentle man for someone who’s clearly a know all on these things. He’s also the rising star of British photography (try googling that and you’ll find him on page 1 – several times).

    • Thank you Martin! I will read this with interest, and get back to you in the week with any thoughts. Interested to hear that there is going to be a discussion of the themes next weekend. Please can you let me know what is said – or concluded – if any such thing should occur! M

  2. Dear Melissa,

    Just finished the book…a very engaging and passionate contribution to the current debates on schooling. I shall certainly be recommending it to my Education Studies students at Bath Spa University – some of those future teachers who should be ‘well read’ in educational, psychological and sociological issues.

    Is there a further strand to add to your vision for the future of state education…the ‘all through school’. isn’t it time we questioned the very existence of a divide and discontinuity at 11 for most of our children?

    I’d be interested in your thoughts

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