IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Betraying a Generation: How Education is Failing Young People

17 May 2016, 5:00 pm–7:30 pm

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Clarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

This seminar / book launch will draw on a major new book which focuses on the failure of Education to deliver on its promises of upward social mobility and a brighter future.

Young people study harder but learn less, running up a down-escalator of devalued qualifications to become overqualified but underemployed, unable to move forward with their lives.

From primary to post-graduate schools  - funny phonics through endless testing to phoney apprenticeships and the world's most costly university fees  - Patrick Ainley explains how English education is now driven by the economy and politics, 'dumbing down' rather than 'wising up'.

Addressed to teachers and students at all levels of learning, it concludes by suggesting how schools, colleges and universities can begin to contribute towards a more meaningful and productive society.

The seminar will conclude with a reception (at 18.30), in the Foyer, to mark the official launch of the book.

The event is open to everyone, and is free. Booking is not compulsory, but is helpful; please e-mail r.arnold@ioe.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

For further information please contact Richard Arnold: