Life Lessons

Life Lessons


69 Pages


It is time for a radical shake up of the purposes and practices of our education system. Melissa Benn is one of the most clear sighted and vocal campaigners for improving our schools. She shows here how we need to rethink education for life. As more and more of us live and work longer than ever before, a National Education Service should, like the NHS, be the framework that ensures a life-long entitlement for all, from early years provision to apprenticeships, universities and adult education. Like the NHS, it should be free at the point of delivery. The purpose of learning is not solely to pass exams but to prepare for living in the world; citizens of the future will need to develop their imaginations as well as their intellects, to be at ease with both knowledge and uncertainty. Life Lessons sets out a radical agenda for how we make education for all, and make it relevant to the demands of 21st century. This requires a deep-rooted, long-term vision of the role of learning in our society, one that is ready to take on the challenges of a new century and be part of a wider shift towards greater equality.



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Life Lessons
Life Lessons
The case for a National Eduçation Serviçe
Melissa Benn
First published by Verso 2018 © Melissa Benn 2018
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The moral rights of the author have been asserted
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ISBN-13: 978-1-78873-220-8 ISBN-13: 978-1-78873-222-2 (US EBK) ISBN-13: 978-1-78873-221-5 (UK EBK)
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Names: Benn, Melissa, author. Title: Life lessons : the case for a national education service / Melissa Benn. Description: London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2018. | Includes bibliographical references. | Identifiers: LCCN 2018027369 (print) | LCCN 2018029215 (ebook) | ISBN 9781788732222 (United States E Book) | ISBN 9781788732215 (United Kingdom E Book) | ISBN 9781788732208 | ISBN 9781788732222 (US ebk) | ISBN 9781788732215 (UK : ebk) Subjects: LCSH: Education and state – Great Britain. | Education – Aims and objectives – Great Britain. | Educational equalization – Great Britain. | Educational change – Great Britain. Classification: LCC LC93.G7 (ebook) | LCC LC93.G7 B46 2018 (print) | DDC 379.0941 – dc23
Typeset in Fournier by MJ & N Gavan, Truro, Cornwall Printed in the US by Maple Press
For Clyde Chitty: pioneer, inspiration, and friend
Can we Really Afford Free Education? If at First You Don’t Succeed … whose System Is It Anyay? Return of the Professional
PART ONE: Backstory
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PART TwO: From the Ground Up
The Long Road to Reform Emerging Crises, Emerging Consensus
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Changing the Conversation A Passion for Learning Toards an Integrated System
Acknowledgements Appendix: ‘My Government Will …’ – A Proposed Short Legislative and Policy Programme Further Reading Notes
PART THREE: Future Perfect
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