John Morrison: Pop Up Lesson in Summerhall
John Morrison does a pop up lesson in Royal Dick Vet Bar, inviting George Wilson to talk about MD20 demographics, which speaks of the most deprived people of the population. With a focus on uptake of higher education by care leavers, the discussion explores various aspects of the social, cultural and economic aspects which might influence participation in education.
John and George flesh out the subject in the setting of Summerhall, an arts and cultural centre which is working out its identity in the Edinburgh landscape. Housing many projects, social enterprises and businesses, the arrangement of the landscape suggests many possibilities.
Taking learning out of the normal circumstances is something which John Morrison is interested in doing. I, Alex Dunedin, co-ordinator of the Ragged University, takes part in the discussion. It is a snap shot of the conversations which have been germinating over time.
These exchanges, happening with individuals who work in formal educational roles, have been pivotal in helping me develop an undertanding various aspects of the demands of teaching/learning in a formal context. It is an interaction of ideas, and where I find monolithic administrative structures, I also find many genuine and vocational teachers wanting to work and explore meaningful issues.