16 Oct

Building a case for relational reform in education

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Rob Loe, the Education Research Director for  Relational Research and Director of the Relational Schools Project, is writing today about the need for a more relational approach to education on the website of the Britisch Education and Research Assocation (BERA):

“I would contend that the development of any society comes through the maturing process of its members to reflect the directions a society wishes to take, and thus to influence how resources like land, capital, and human resources (arguably, society’s greatest resource) are deployed in the future. The concept of a Relational school is not a recent innovation. The philosopher John Macmurray argued that: “The first priority in education – if by education we mean learning to be human – is learning to live in personal relation to other people…I call this the first priority because failure in this is fundamental failure, which cannot be compensated for by success in other field”.
In Britain, however, it could be argued that “success in other fields” has preoccupied those framing educational policy, which has both economic and cultural imperatives. Models of schooling increasingly reflect the end-use to which learners will be put in which “the economic and political context can easily subvert the primary educational purpose”, he says.

Read the whole article here.