North West Branch Seminar
On Tuesday 20th March, The West Yorkshire Branch of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) will host a book launch and wine reception to mark the publication of Professor Julian Stern’s new book, A Philosophy of Schooling: Care and Curiosity in Community. There will be short responses from Dr Amanda Fulford, Associate Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, and Ed Podesta, Head of Programmes, both of whom work in Leeds Trinity’s Institute of Childhood and Education.
All are welcome to join us to celebrate the launch of Julian’s volume. Booking is needed for catering purposes, and the event is free. Booking is via Eventbrite.
There will be parking available on campus, and there is lift access to the venue.
Copies of Julian’s book will be available at the event. Brief details of the book are as follows> This book provides an optimistic account of the value and role of schooling. It argues that schooling has need of its own distinctive justification, in contrast to other approaches such as home-based or work-based education. The book tackles and rejects the various large-scale ‘functional’ theories of schooling which continue to dominate current debates and policies, such as schooling supporting employment and the economy, or developing citizenship. Instead, it argues that schooling and schools should be viewed as places to learn community within and through community. The lived reality of relationships within schools, based on care and curiosity, is as strong as ever: and upon this foundation is built an original philosophy of schooling. The book concludes with a manifesto for schools: a description of what schools are, and can be. It is a manifesto for those in schools to use to encourage themselves, and for those out of schools to understand. The manifesto is a summary account of a whole philosophy of schooling, showing how care and curiosity can be at the heart of the school community. It is the conclusion of the book, and the start of much more.
The book launch will be followed by one of the Branch’s regular, free seminars (from 5:30pm – 7:00pm) to which all are invited to stay (though there is no obligation, and need to book for this element of the evening).
We welcome Darren Chetty from UCL Institute of Education, and he will be speaking on the subject of ‘Racism as ‘Reasonableness’: Philosophy for Children and The Gated Community of Inquiry’:
In this talk, I argue that the notion of ‘reasonableness’ that is, for many, at the heart of the Philosophy for Children approach particularly and education for democratic citizenship more broadly, is constituted within the epistemology of ‘white ignorance’ (Mills 2007) and operates in such a way that it is unlikely to transgress the boundaries of white ignorance so as to view it from without. Drawing on scholarship in critical legal studies and social epistemology, I highlight how notions of reasonableness often include consensus, ‘racialised common sense’ (Shotwell 2011) and the ‘typical’ view. In addition, the promotion of particular dispositions on the grounds of ‘reasonableness’ both promotes stability and limits how one may think otherwise. Thus, educational practices that fail to historicise, examine and challenge prevailing notions of reasonableness establish an epistemically ‘gated’ community of inquiry.