Learning in the Age of Anger intends to examine how we might better learn about ourselves and the world post-2016. We were inspired by Pankaj Mishra’s book the Age of Anger (discussed here) published last year, and wondered how our education system might better prepare us for today’s world when Tomorrows World is obsessed with new technology from Silicon Valley.

We don’t think that Brexit solves the problems Mishra raises about modernity and globalisation (and “terror”) so we will try and rethink how we might prepare ourselves to better learn about the world today. We do not think that Taxonomy-based education with its obsession with the great men of subject disciplines, such as geography, is fit for context in the 21st Century. A century which was welcomed in by 9/11 and to which Brexit, Trump, Erdogan along with many others, seem to suggest that “back to the 19th century” is the answer. We are interested in learning and trusting learners; and “trust”  not “brutalist” as the key response to present day “complexity”.

Sadly populism is the most popular expression of a rage at being ignored by those who have been dumped by the new economic globalisation; the selfish and greedy economic hierarchies that currently “rule” and define the limited socio-economic opportunities the majority in society are left with. Instead of being angry with each other (“my life is rubbish; and it’s your fault!!”) we, Nigel and Fred,  are asking how we might better understand this emerging new, and still evolving, world. Then how might we better deal with it instead of being continually abused by our rulers and “betters”. How we might create learning that is fit for context in 2017 instead of economics that is “fit for purpose” for an ever-greedier few.

We will build a blog narrative based on our posts and also try to develop a manifesto of recommended actions as we learn and reflect as we build the blog, particularly in May 2017 before #GE2017.

This blog is administered by Fred Garnett and Nigel Ecclesfield but we welcome guest bloggers.

Fred lives in Honour Oak Park in London, suffers from M.E. which allows him about 2 hours a day of intelligent energy. Nigel has recently suffered a severe stroke and is in rehab at home in Cullompton where he is engaged in much reading. This is the best of what we can offer in our current circumstances.

Last updated June 9th 2017


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