Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Student debt. Teaching to the test. Depressed and anxious students and teachers. The reproduction of social inequalities. These and other related concerns have increasingly come to dominate educational discourse. Why is it that these and other senses of disquiet have increasingly occupied [? centre ?] place in the world of education? In this series, we’ll be examining these and other concerns about the contemporary world of education. We’ll begin by investigating the purposes of education. Examining debates about the nature and aims of education. And the ways in which previous generations have imagined this. Using this as a platform, we’ll then look at more recent reforms of education. And the extent to which they’ve enabled schools, colleges, and universities to realise their transformative potential.
Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds And then, finally we’ll consider issues of social justice– the extent to which educational institutions have enabled social divisions to be narrowed or widened.