Energies for change

Philip A. Woods

in Transforming education policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427366
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304067 | DOI:
Energies for change

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This chapter summarises key themes from the book and emphasises that the energies for change and the potential to build a more democratic system are dispersed and will involve the combined efforts of local and central government professional bodies, teachers, parents, students, communities, sponsors and partners. The chapter also concludes that things in the past can be changed to bring about more meaning and participation to the everyday environment. The old education system of marketisation and micro-management is breaking down. This breaking down of the old education system posits different reactions. Some people were enthusiastic about it while others were dispirited in the imposed and narrow philosophy of education. The drivers for democracy, however, continually provide an impetus for changes that signals new directions. The chains of the old way may not be lost, but they are loosening. They may further be loosened and be undone if the dispersed sources of change within the system are inspired by a larger vision of democratic and holistic education linked together in a bigger picture.

Keywords: energies for change; democratic system; participation; education system; system of marketisation; old education system; democracy; holistic education

Chapter.  3799 words.  Illustrated.

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