Here we offer our visitors an ever growing resource of filmed debates and conversations around our key theme of inequality in education.
Aggregated from a variety of sources, featuring a range of personalities, they all offer insights into the heart of our movement. Insights into our energetic landscape of research, reform, campaigning and civic dialogue.
(The opinions and research tendered in the films belongs to the participants and does not neccesarily reflect any policy position or endorsement of our movement).
Does inequality matter?
This filmed debate, which is chaired by Dr. Yanis Varoufakis, is beween Dr. Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute and Dr. James Galbraith of the University of Texas at Austin’s Inequality Project.
The debate seeks clarity on the issue – does inequality matter? Yaron Brook counters James Galbraith’s argument, that inequality does matter, with an amalgam of ideas encapsulated by Ayn Rand’s theories of objectivism. Namely that the forces at play in society, and driving the individual are, or should be, reality, reason, self-interest and capitalism.
You can explore objectivist theory in more detail on the web pages of the Ayn Rand Society here.
Galbraith, on the other hand, drawing inspiration from the work of the Inequality Project at the University of Texas, argues for the deleterious impact of structural inequality, promoted by income inequality, social inequality and educational inequality. Citing the objectivist tenets, and capitalism itself, as the precise cause of a deadening drag on human development.
We thought it ironic, that in a debate that is essentially about inequality and perceptions of freedom, the audience are dogmatically told at the beginning of the debate that any dissent ‘will be immediately quashed by the campus police in attendance’. Interesting.
Who won the day? James Galbraith.
A new film about making and craft from Prof. Trevor Marchand.
We are delighted that Trevor Marchand has granted us permission to feature his new film about the journey of a group of trainees into craft.
The film beautifully encapsulates the developing use of tools, a deeper understanding of materials and process, as well as speaking to the current adult education/apprenticeship curriculum agenda.
Intelligent Hand – a film by Prof. Trevor Marchand
Camera: Michel Bewley, Peter Durgerian and Trevor Marchand
Edited: Headfirst Productions, Brighton, UK
Narration: Trevor Marchand
Music by Peter Durgerian
Inequality in Education – short conference event/ October 5th, 2015
The short films below give you a flavour of our event and the messages delivered by our speakers…
Professor Danny Dorling, Oct. 5th 2015
Professor Diane Reay, Oct. 5th 2015
You can read a longer review of our event on the pages of The Tide, our on-line journal…see more here.
Event films by Dan Keeble – Video Editor / Producer / DP http://dankeeble.com/
‘Finnish Educationalist Pasi Sahlberg explains why we should ignore the reform strategies put forward by successive British politicians who dismiss the potential lessons of Finnish educational reform because of their ideological inconvenience. Sahlberg explains how equity results in higher educational outcomes and more equal educational opportunities for all children’. (Source: The RSA, a freely available film of this event on YouTube)
See this lecture on YouTube here…
‘Former head of the Institute of Education, Peter Mortimore, speaks about the strengths and weaknesses of English education and what we need to do to tackle the perennial problem of educational inequality’.
(Another short lecture from The RSA – the film freely available to all on YouTube, published after an event in 2014).
See this telling and challenging presentation here on YouTube.
A short film that illustrates the wealth inequality divides in the UK. A subject that is pertinent to educational achievement for many of our speakers…
Professor Danny Dorling, speaking at a BERA conference last year (2014) explores the issues of Education, Inequality and the One Percent.
Joyce Ohajah looks at another aspect of inequality in education in the UK, specifically in the HE sector….
‘We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust’.