Dr Peter Cunningham of Homerton College (Cambridge) who is Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education has written a book entitled “Politics and the Primary Teacher”, to be published by Routledge on December 13th.
Having had a privileged preview of several chapters, our view is that this is an important, necessary and timely book.
To quote from the publishers’ website –
Why is primary education so high on the political agenda, and so contentious?
Why is the performance of primary schools so often in the media spotlight?
Why should primary teachers trouble themselves with the politics of their work?
Key issues explored in this book include:
* assessment, testing, league tables and national accountability measures
* the media’s impact in shaping both local and national views about education
* political implications of new policies such as academies and free schools
* conditions of work in the classroom and ‘workforce remodelling’
* the curriculum, its purposes and structure
* pedagogy and teaching methods
* education for citizenship, health and well-being.
We agree 100% with the publishers’ view that
“Politics and the Primary Teacher is essential reading for all education professionals who want to think more deeply about primary education, what it offers, and how children, families and communities are served by the primary school.”