Beyond Just Education: Why our approach to teaching makes all the difference in social change  

[An extract from Before You Enlist And After You Say No, a counter-recruitment manual co-written by Daniel Hunter and Hannah Strange (Ruckus Society).]

Cross Community Dialogue Facilitation Toolkit

This Toolkit came about as a result of a need identified by community organisations that were part of the UK-based Grassroots Rising Network of the need for communities to be facilitated to engage in dialogue on some of the most fundamental issues of race and race equality impacting on Black and other minoritised and racialised communities such as Muslims, Asian communities etc. Continue reading

Rethinking Globalization

Lots of resources and links here on the subject of globalization from  the US-based website Rethinking Schools Online, see links section). They relate to the publication Rethinking Globalisation: Teaching Justice in an Unjust World, edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson.

http://www.rethinkingschools.org/publication/rg/

Rising Tide Climate Action Pack

Environmental campaign group Rising Tide (North America) have produced an excellent pack on popular education and climate change. Click on the link below to download it. It has lots of ideas for sessions.

http://risingtide.org.uk/pdfs/RTpopedpackUK_PRINT.pdf

Trapese Collective chapter on Popular Education

A chapter putting the case for Popular Education from the book DIY: A Handbook for Changing the World by the UK-based Trapsese Collective, (see links section for more info).

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SEAD Community Action Toolkit

This is a series of useful resources and hints for community organising from the Scottish Education Action and Development, (SEAD).

http://www.sead.org.uk/resources/community-action-toolkit

Seeds of Change resources

This is a link to resources from Seeds for Change, a UK-based group that helps train people involved in campaigns. These resources deal with non-hierarchical organising, effective campaigning and direct action.

http://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/free/resources

Babi Badalov – should he stay or should he go?

This is a reading and discussion class that was designed for an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class, but could be used for Citizenship etc. Continue reading

Songwriting workshops

This is a resource developed by songwriter Lou Noble for secondary school kids. I have used in in all sorts of settings with all ages for songwriting workshops, including one at the Bristol CoMutiny Squat in September 2009. It actually works with all ages and stages. Continue reading

In the Age of Stupid: A call for Popular Education and Critical Pedagogy both Inside and Outside the University . Alice Cutler 14.3.2009

It is a farce to affirm that men [sic] are people and thus should be free, yet do nothing

tangible to make this affirmation a reality.” (Freire, 1972: 26)

As I write, the première of ‘The Age of Stupid’ is just about to take place. This is a film showing in mainstream cinemas that is asking why, in the light of the evidence, we are not taking more action on climate change. How does this question relate to our ‘highest’ establishments of education, the universities? Whilst there are increasing amounts of student led political action Continue reading