Millions of children could fail at school due to an obsession with individual assessment, literacy skills and the right kind of behaviour, according to an OU academic.
Jonathan Rix, Professor of Participation and Learning Support in the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies at The Open University, delivered his inaugural lecture on Why school is bad for us – lessons we need to learn, on Thursday 16 November 2017 at The Open University, when he explored this obsession and asked if there are some simple ways to release teachers from these shackles.
In his lecture, Professor Rix drew on everyday examples from around the world to show how a negative schooling experience still dominates the lives of many.
Watch the video of Professor Rix’s inaugural lecture:
Professor Rix’s research interests focus on policies, practices and language that facilitate inclusion within mainstream education; capturing diverse perspectives; and developing models to facilitate thinking about the form and function of education. He teaches on courses dealing with inclusion, early years and special educational needs. He spent 13 years as a support teacher in a Hackney Secondary School, as well as working in Theatre in Education, as a writer in Residence in Prisons, and with community arts groups across the UK.