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Teaching: Notes from the Front Line

We are, at the time I write this, in need of a revolution in education. This is a strong statement and I don’t use it lightly.

By: Debra Kidd

Price: CAD $22.95

Publisher: Independent Thinking Press

Imprint: Independent Thinking Press

138 Pages

7.48 X 5.47 X 0.51 ins

ISBN:  9781781351314 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 09/18/2014

Our current education system is overloaded with amendments, additions and adjustments which have been designed to keep an outdated model in the air. But it is crashing. And as it comes down, we see the battle of blame begin. It is time to take our vocation back, to learn to trust ourselves and each other and, crucially, to take control of the direction of education and policy.

We have allowed powerful institutions to manipulate the fear of parents and teachers to the extent that neither can see how to proceed without being told what to think. Covering education policy, PISA testing, Ofsted, exams, pedagogy and much more, this book explores how the so-called accountability and quality systems in our country have been used to straight-jacket teachers into compliance, even when flying in the face of emerging knowledge and understanding about learning.

This is a narrative of hope. Of how the system could be different. It offers tales from within the classroom of learning in spite, but without spite. Of hope, of laughter, of gentle subversion. This is a call to arms in a pedagogical revolution. Will you answer it?


Debra Kidd was born in a house with an outside toilet and remembers her dad studying and moving their family to bigger houses with inside bathrooms: a living example of the value of education. She taught for twenty one years in all phases of education, and has a Doctorate in Education. She lives in the north of England.



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