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ERIC Number: EJ943854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Learning Our Way out of Crisis
Field, John
Adults Learning, v23 n1 p18-19 Aut 2011
Rioting usually achieves nothing in itself, but it can tell the people a lot about their society. For anyone interested in adult learning, the experience of the public debate has been salutary, with any attempt to explain the events being dismissed as "condoning" the looters. While it would be arrogant to assume that everyone now knows exactly "what works" with the disenfranchised, disengaged and marginalized of today, it is just as bad to ignore the experiences of the past. Of course, the 2011 riots were different from the events of the early eighties, and the context--political as well as social and economic--has also changed. While race appears to have played a role, it was not a simple one. Rather, this summer's events exposed sharp divisions between the generations, as well as reflecting the deep cultural gulf between the rioters and mainstream politics of all varieties, from the radical right through to the ultra-left. The summer's riots also highlighted the importance of education in showing young people that their futures matter to the rest of the people. Unfortunately, scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and slashing funding for youth services send the opposite message.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom