Adult education goes to Hollywood | thelearningprofessor

Recently my Sunday newspaper reviewed Night School, a comedy with a touch of romance set in Atlanta. It’s plot centres on a high school dropout who for linked reasons of career and the heart returns as an adult to study for his General Education Development (GED) Certificate.

In spite of its highly-regarded cast and an established director, the film isn’t likely to win an Oscar or become a cult classic. The movie website Rotten Tomatoes summarised it as a ‘disappointingly scattershot comedy’ while the New York Times found it a ragged comedy’ and the London Times attacked its ‘long out-dated…

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Adult education goes to Hollywood | thelearningprofessor

Recently my Sunday newspaper reviewed Night School, a comedy with a touch of romance set in Atlanta. It’s plot centres on a high school dropout who for linked reasons of career and the heart returns as an adult to study for his General Education Development (GED) Certificate.

In spite of its highly-regarded cast and an established director, the film isn’t likely to win an Oscar or become a cult classic. The movie website Rotten Tomatoes summarised it as a ‘disappointingly scattershot comedy’ while the New York Times found it a ragged comedy’ and the London Times attacked its ‘long out-dated…

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Yet more gongs for leaders in lifelong learning | thelearningprofessor

Every time I publish a post on adult educators and the honours system, generous readers point out the names I managed to miss. Here is the latest crop:

Mary Stuart, vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln

Maggie Dawson, former chief executive of the WEA Cymru, following a long career in adult education in South Wales, has an OBE

Stella Hardy, active as a voluntary officer in the WEA South Eastern District and a member of the Advisory Council on Adult & Continuing Education, received an MBE in 1980.

Rob Humphreys, recently retired as Director of the Open University in Wales…

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Yet more gongs for leaders in lifelong learning | thelearningprofessor

Every time I publish a post on adult educators and the honours system, generous readers point out the names I managed to miss. Here is the latest crop:
Mary Stuart, vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln
Maggie Dawson, former chief executive of the WEA Cymru, following a long career in adult education in South Wales, has an OBE

Stella Hardy, active as a voluntary officer in the WEA South Eastern District and a member of the Advisory Council on Adult & Continuing Education, received an MBE in 1980.

Rob Humphreys, recently retired as Director of the Open University in Wales where…

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The Midsomer work camp | thelearningprofessor

You might realise by now that I enjoy a bit of crime fiction, and that includes a taste for Midsomer Murders, even though it is way past its peak as a more or less gentle mockery of middle class manners. Midsomer doesn’t exist, of course, but its county capital, Cawston, is largely filmed in the Thames Valley market town of Wallingford. And Wallingford, as well as being the fictional home of many a murderous snob with status anxieties, has a history.

In 1911, the Christian Social Union, effectively the social service arm of the Congregationalist and Presbyterian Churches, purchased a…

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The Midsomer work camp | thelearningprofessor

You might realise by now that I enjoy a bit of crime fiction, and that includes a taste for Midsomer Murders, even though it is way past its peak as a more or less gentle mockery of middle class manners. Midsomer doesn’t exist, of course, but its county capital, Cawston, is largely filmed in the Thames Valley market town of Wallingford. And Wallingford, as well as being the fictional home of many a murderous snob with status anxieties, has a history.

In 1911, the Christian Social Union, effectively the social service arm of the Congregationalist and Presbyterian Churches, purchased a…

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Murderous learning – more reflections on adult education in crime fiction | thelearningprofessor

Recently I’ve been enjoying a crime novel by an Irish writer, Tana French. The Trespasser is set in Dublin, and its central character is Antoinette Conway, a hard-boiled murder squad detective of mixed race. The novel is interesting on belonging, family, gender, low-level racism, and internal hierarchies in the police. And it also touches upon adult education.

Aislinn, the murder victim, is described as a serial attender of evening classes. The detectives draw up a list of all the classes she took with a view to checking out ‘all the other students or whatever they call them’, a lead they…

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