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In conversation: Martin Robinson on ‘Curriculum: Athena versus The Machine’

7:00pm, Thursday 5 December 2019, Accent Study Centre, 12 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3JA

Come and celebrate the festive season by stocking up on a sackful of ideas and inspiration for the New Year.

The Education Forum cordially invites you to a winter evening of free-flowing wine and conversation in Bloomsbury, in the company of top education author Martin Robinson.

Martin will be in dialogue with teacher and writer Gareth Sturdy, talking about his new book, Curriculum: Athena versus the Machine (Crown House Publishing 2019).

The hotly anticipated new work, which follows the popular Trivium 21C: preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past, paints a picture of teaching as a profession caught between competing visions. Against the Machine, with its demands for data, order and regulation, stands Athena, the goddess of wisdom – and, perhaps, the curriculum, too.

Covering themes such as the tensions at the heart of curriculum, schools as transmitters of wisdom, and the quest to bring the human back to education, the conversation will also explore the background to the book and the influence of phenomenology on Robinson’s thinking. Contributions and questions from the audience will be a major feature.

This will be a rare opportunity to meet and talk with one of Britain’s leading education writers over a free glass of wine or two in a relaxed and intimate setting. Spaces will be limited so book your tickets now for what is certain to be a highlight of the end of the year.

Listen to the debate:


Martin Robinson
educational consultant; author, Curriculum: Athena vs the machine and Trivium 21c: preparing young people for the future with lessons from the past

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