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Life-long Learning Without Life-long Debt By Gary Saunders and Ali Ghanimi

From Edinburgh to Brighton; Britain’s free, alternative higher education network offers life-long learning without life-long debt By Gary Saunders and Ali Ghanimi.  In response to the introduction of increased tuition fees and the withdrawal of direct funding to the arts, humanities and social sciences in universities; a new generation of cooperative and non-fee-charging organisations, which offer free higher education, has emerged across Britain.

Rising up out of the ruins of what the ‘idea of the University’ has become, they are part of a growing global movement against the commodification of knowledge and hope to create a space for people to think about and experiment with alternative models of higher education. Read more

Education in the Negative Sense

What comes to mind when we think of the word ‘Education‘ ?  On one hand we must acknowledge that education has been used as much as a tool of oppression than as a means of liberation and collective progress.  Thinking of the namesake of this project – The Ragged Schools – we can find lots of examples where the noble idea of sharing knowledge for the good of all was perverted to petty tyrannies.

Indeed, Charles Dickens, whilst supporting the idea of universally available education, was a great critic of some of the Ragged Schools and the constraints they put upon people.  He worked very hard to raise the humanitarian issues of the day in all places and expose the how the ideal of education was being used in a negative way. Read more