Mike Baker Journalist

Adrian Elliott's picture
Mike Baker died of lung cancer the other day. He had been the BBC education editor and more recently a free lance journalist and ran a website on education.

Its well worth looking at if you haven't done so. He wrote on topical educational issues with an authority and compassion which was very different from the repetitive, anti-state school garbage churned out by Murdoch and other hacks on an almost daily basis.

Even when working for the BBC, when he must have been under a great deal of pressure, he was always prepared to go behind the story and do his own research to get at the truth.

Although I never met him he was by all accounts a thoroughly decent man. Both journalism and education are the poorer with his loss and publicising the truth about English education has become that much harder.
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Adrian Elliott's picture
Tue, 25/09/2012 - 08:28

Sorry - poorly expressed. I didn't mean Murdoch wrote the garbage himself (though he clearly inspires it) but 'Murdoch hacks and other hacks' like those working for the creepy Barclay brothers or the equally creepy Paul Dacre!

Rebecca Hanson's picture
Tue, 25/09/2012 - 18:00

I remember when I was a child and talking about sex seemed so exciting and we thought we were so liberated because we did.

My dad smile wryly and pointed out, correctly, that we should be more cautious in claiming victory in our breaking of taboos because faster than we were pushing back the taboos around sex we were establishing taboos around talking about and addressing the realities of death.

Mike's cancer blog has been wonderful. I've learned so much from it and it's been a delight to take part in it. Here is the page where people are leaving tributes to Mike:

I sense not only the loss of a wonderful man but also of the era when the government believed we had the 'Right to Know'..... speaking of which does anyone know if any of those programs are still around on the internet anywhere?

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