The next SEA meeting will be on Saturday 9th January. It will be held at The Priory Rooms (Quaker Meeting House) 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF.
As usual, the Finance and General Purposes Committee will meet at 11.00 am and the Executive at 12.15 pm. The open meeting for all SEA members will begin at 2.00 pm. Ian Austin MP, a member of the Education Select Committee will join us at 3.00 pm.
In the current issue of Education Politics, Martin Johnson refers to the coming select committee enquiry into the purposes of education. He writes there: ” As Professor Susan Robertson pointed out (in the Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture), the neo-liberal answer, to serve the labour market, is impoverished, but how often do we have the opportunity to challenge it? The left now has its moment: its task is to lift the hearts and clear the minds of the Select Committee by explaining the higher aims of educators, and in so doing to strike at a narrow curriculum, over-testing, worn out exams, and the rest”
This meeting will be one opportunity to explore some of these issues. I hope to see as many of you as possible there.