11 Responses to just a letter from 100 academics – some thoughts on ‘impact’ and ‘public engagement’

  1. nickhopwood says:

    Reblogged this on Nick Hopwood and commented:
    Making sense of nonsense: what can happen when academics stand up to politicians…


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  3. Thank you for summing up so many of feelings over this! As a PhD candidate who is definitely in the camp that Gove has been slamming (I’m looking at the role of ‘play’ in older students’ learning: instant Marxist devilry!) I’ve been feeling both livid and deeply uneasy about the future of academia in my area (The education research department at my University is also currently in the process of closing)…
    As a footnote, I also think it’s interesting ‘creativity’ is referred to as ‘jargon’ after, as you point out, over a decade of varied and rigorous research – the only place it has been stripped of meaning and jargonized is in UK government policy!


  4. Thanks for blogging the response to the letter. It is though, I’m sad to say, such a typical response to any kind of comment that comes even close to venturing out of the orthodoxy. I read this (http://tiny.cc/4ewjuw) at the weekend about what happens when people speak out. It is their characters that get maligned rather than having their arguments responded to. Check out how Chomsky has been treated in the media too.
    Unfortunately we live in a society where ‘creativity’ is low on the agenda…unless that is it can be turned into a money making idea, and then everyone loves the idea of creativity!


  5. cathyburke says:

    Whenever Gove talks about consulting ‘good’ academics they are always subject specialists and never educationalists. The media complies repeatedly inviting geographers, mathematicians, historians, scientists to comment on the curriculum (rarely if ever artists). But never are people who spend their lifetimes thinking about school, education, pedagogy brought in as experts. Is that the good bad divide? We haven’t come far since Chris Woodhead declared all educational research to be useless.


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