Authority, Trust and Teachers - Plenary The Crisis of Authority within Education
A podcast of the opening of this session can be downloaded here
Opening conference plenary by Professor Frank Furedi,
Associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, University of Kent, and
author of Wasted: Why Education Isn’t Educating.
The authority of the teacher is rarely discussed as an
educational issue in its own right. Yet the issue of authority continually
lurks in the background. Debates about England’s school curriculum, pupil
behaviour, inspection, as well as the professional status of teachers, are all
directly or indirectly related to the question of who – if anybody – possesses
authority in the classroom.
In this session Frank Furedi explored why teachers no longer
seem to speak with an authoritative voice and how schools and educationalists
have sought to develop alternative ways of controlling the classroom.