ESRI and the Co-operative College are co-hosting Co-operative Education Against the Crises to explore the potential of the Co-operative school movement and identify how academics can support its development. The event will take place in Manchester at MMU, Didsbury campus, on 4 July. Registration is now open on the event website
There has been endless critique of the neoliberal project to little noticeable effect, with recent examples having been labeled ‘bad academia’ by the Secretary of State for Education, teachers and academics write letters, and unions pass votes of no confidence yet the reforms roll on.
We propose an alternative course, to develop a Co-operative approach to education and following on from this to the rest of the public sector and society also.
The project takes as its starting point Michael Apple’s (2006) chapter ‘Interrupting the Right: On Doing Critical Educational Work in Conservative Times’ in which he argues that the right wasn’t always so powerful, that they strategically and effectively articulated the current orthodoxy and learning from this process it would be possible to articulate and develop a credible and powerful alternative. We want to explore the Co-operative movement as the vehicle for this change.
The first step to develop a Co-operative alternative is an event to be held in Manchester at MMU (Didsbury Campus) on the 4th July.