News

Unpacking The Parent-Teacher Tensions in the Education System

By: Kristian Johnson 

In his latest Conversations Interview, John Anderson is joined by Professor James Tooley for a fascinating conversation about the role of education in the modern age.

Professor Tooley, who is Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham in England, also unpacks the relationship between parental and government oversight in education systems, the differences between public and private education, ideological uniformity in universities and more.

In the early 2000s, Tooley took 5 years of unpaid leave to foster entrepreneurial projects in education in developing countries, led by his research on how to provide high quality education for a lower cost.

“But once you give a little bit of control to the state… the institutional bias will lead to the sort of thing… where the state doesn’t care what parents want for their children… I think in future years people will look back and say, ‘well that’s barbarous, what you inflict(ed) on children.”  ~ Prof. James Tooley

Tooley’s ground-breaking research has demonstrated the benefits of low-cost private education, with his work winning numerous prestigious awards and international recognition. Professor Tooley explains what he has learnt from low-cost private education initiatives in the developing world and how they could be applied with similar success in the West.

James Tooley is Professor of Educational Entrepreneurship and Policy at one of the UK’s only private universities, the University of Buckingham, where he was also appointed Vice Chancellor in 2020. In his previous role at Newcastle University, Tooley directed the E.G. West Centre which is dedicated to advancing choice, competition, and entrepreneurship in education.

James has also written numerous critically acclaimed books on the topic, including The Beautiful Tree, Reclaiming Education and most recently Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High Calibre, Low-Cost Education.

You can watch the full interview here

John Anderson served as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 1999 to 2005. A committed Christian, John now hosts a podcast where he interviews various thought leaders from around the world on topics as varied as politics, culture, academia and faith. John is motivated by a desire to encourage open and honest discussion of important issues so that we can, as a society, reach the best possible outcomes for as many people as possible.


Article supplied with thanks to JohnAnderson.net.au.

About the Author: Kristian Johnson is a writer working for John Anderson and his ‘Conversations’ series, and the ‘John Anderson Direct’ podcast.

Feature image: Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash  

Other Articles You May Like

Entertainment and Arts

Clooney and Roberts Reunite in ‘Ticket to Paradise’

By: Russ Matthews George Clooney and Julia Roberts have been...

October 3, 2022
Faith

The Making of the Western Mind Goes Back to the Cross, Says Author

By: Kristian Johnson“To go almost on pilgrimages, to take the...

September 30, 2022
News

Cyclists Pedal Across Australia in Ride for Compassion

By: GOOD Ride for Compassion, the largest fundraising coast-to-coast cycling...

September 30, 2022
News

5 Things I Noticed About the Queen’s Majestic But Jarring Funeral

By: Akos Balogh Millions around the world tuned in to...

September 29, 2022