A consideration of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J D Vance
This book is the autobiographical account of a boy growing up in America’s ‘Rust Belt’, an Appalachian ‘hillbilly’, who goes on to attend Yale Law school and become a lawyer. This sentence sums up his journey neatly but fails to do justice to the adversity and obstacles he had to overcome.
The book serves as a commentary on the plight of some communities of white, working class Americans in the east of the country and goes some way to describing the politics of the time. It is, as is stated on the cover, a book about a culture in crisis and partly accounts for why Americans voted for Donald Trump. However, for the purposes of this piece, I’m particularly interested in this book from the perspective of education.
Read the full article here: What does it truly mean to be disadvantaged?
‘Rebel Ideas’ by Matthew Syed
The underlying theme of ‘Rebel Ideas’ is that we should promote, and surround ourselves with, diverse thinking. The book contends that we are naturally drawn to people who think like we do. If they look at problems in the same way as us, and identify the solutions that we would identify, then we are quick to notice their perceptiveness and insight!
The drawback of everyone looking at a problem from the same vantage point, is that this limits problem-solving capacity and does not provide us with a comprehensive, objective world view.
Read the full article here: Food for thought
Why should a school join a multi-academy trust? It’s a good question. After all, there is a membership fee (the top slice of funding that goes to the trust) and successful schools doing well on their own may not feel it is in their best interest to part with this cash.
Well, I would argue that there is a lot to be gained from being in a trust despite this….
Read the full article here: Why join a Trust?