When private interests into public education simply do not go: The Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2015

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This year’s lecture will have an international perspective. It will look at why it is that education is not making the contribution that we would hope for towards more equal and democratic societies worldwide.

It will “consider three ways in which this is occurring in education: the deepening involvement of profit-making firms in education provision; the promotion of private interests in national and global education policy-making spaces; and the enclosure of political space that limits public scrutiny and accountability”.

The lecture will be delivered by Professor Susan Robertson of Bristol University. Professor Robertson is founding Director of the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Societies at the University of Bristol. Her work centres on the interface between education, politics and economic pressures. You can read more about her work here.

This is sure to be a stimulating and thought-provoking event, addressing as it will one of the fundamental challenges facing those who are committed to seeing education as a liberating and democratising force in society – something that was of course fundamental to Caroline’s work and beliefs.

The event will be held in the House of Commons on Tuesday 10th November at 6.00 pm. It is a free event but please book your place by e mailing socialisteducation@virginmedia.com.

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