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In the age of Brexit and Trump, we need ‘development education’ more than ever

Rooted in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, ‘development education’ offers a critical point of resistance to the gross socio-economic inequality which fed the divisions of the UK’s EU referendum and US presidential election.

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In the age of Brexit and Trump, we need ‘development education’ more than ever

Rooted in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, ‘development education’ offers a critical point of resistance to the gross socio-economic inequality which fed the divisions of the UK’s EU referendum and US presidential election.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor. She introduces this week's special issue with the World Forum for Democracy, asking "Democracy and Equality: Does Education Matter?"

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The end of ITV's "News at Ten" marks a step back for its current affairs coverage, and for the media plurality key to British democracy.

Crimea: peninsula of torture

Three years on from Crimea’s annexation by Russia, brutal torture is being used to scare the peninsula into silence and submission.

In a world of hate, fear and ‘alternative facts’, education really does matter

“It cannot be right, that people can grow up and go to school and hardly ever come into meaningful contact with people from other backgrounds and faiths.” David Cameron, July 2015.

Back to the future: the rebirth of a classical approach to democracy and education in a post-modern society

Education – combined with technologies  – seems to have triggered a sea-change in the contract between government and those who are governed.

I went to a state grammar school but no they are not the answer

Does an 11 year old who has been told they have failed seem to you like someone who is really going to rally behind learning?

Teaching schoolchildren in east London to discover their political voice

Two history teachers took their 12-year-old school students through a journey of discovering the history of Britain’s voting rights, and what theirs look like today.

Melissa Benn: Is politics and policy too toxic for Dewey?

UK political developments over the last twenty years have seen a growing acceptance of the idea of comprehensive education. But that acceptance of non-selective schools is based on a profound, hostile rejection of progressive ideas.

Our crisis of democracy is a crisis of education

From Trump to climate change, our children must be prepared for the huge challenges of this century. So why are we still preparing them for a nineteenth-century industrial culture which doesn’t exist?

Learning in a 'movement moment'

To transform our relations amongst ourselves and with our planet, we must be hell-bent on a praxis that confronts our own limitations, and that is committed to the revolutionary potential of learning.

In the age of Brexit and Trump, we need ‘development education’ more than ever

Rooted in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, ‘development education’ offers a critical point of resistance to the gross socio-economic inequality which fed the divisions of the UK’s EU referendum and US presidential election.

What we want for children in the global compacts on refugees and migrants

We expect the impact of the initiative to carry beyond the global compacts and to influence the way all children on the move are protected and supported.

Reflections on Western Sahara's struggle for self-determination

Some reflections about the Sahrawi struggle for self determination on the 41st anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

The new infantocracy in politics

Like an aged babysitter who has forgotten herself for a moment and decided to join the kids, Theresa May now identifies Donald Trump as her closest ally.

The failures of Holland’s pro-immigrant party 


Was it inevitable that Think became a negative force for liberalism? One Dutch citizen tries to hold onto the middle ground in a polarizing world.

The IMF on inequality: beyond organised hypocrisy?

So far, the nature of Christine Lagarde’s speeches and the discussions I had with Fund staff this week suggest that there is more work to be done.

The mystery of ‘populism’ finally unveiled

The philosopher of post-Fascism enters the populism fray with his own candidate for post-truth – Left betrayal.

Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service

The DUP's revelation about their Brexit donation leaves us with more questions than answers...

The current and future challenges of Middle Eastern studies

In the wake of Trump's victory, what are the challenges for Middle Eastern studies in the US? And what should be the role of academics in the field?

Surviving sociology in Egypt and elsewhere

Strangely, although nationalism is a pervasive social phenomenon with immense effects everywhere in the world, it’s not a central preoccupation of sociology or any of the dominant social science disciplines. Interview.

The search for truth over what happened to Giulio Regeni

The full truth is important not only for Giulio’s case, but also for the hundreds of Egyptian citizens who have disappeared, many of them almost certainly suffering the same grisly fate that he did.

‘The intellectuals don’t have the answers’: Lebanese documentary wins at Berlinale

"What can the ghosts of protests past tell us?" A particularly relevant question that Mary Jirmanus Saba's documentary, A Feeling Greater Than Love, asks, and tries to answer.

Mind your language

As Marine Le Pen calls on French citizens to renounce dual citizenship in France’s presidential election campaign, bilingual school education is the site of another battle for diversity in Wales.

‘Dangerous’ new changes planned to force sick people into work – or into poverty

The government promised to help disabled people back into work. They’re failing – and now it looks like they’re targeting those who need higher levels of support.

The bail out industry finds its new crisis opportunity: Brexit

But there seems to be a remarkable level of amnesia about the role many of these same firms played recently in the financial crisis.

Fighting inequality in the UK has to start young

“Universality is key to sustainability and to acceptability of programmes of this kind.  Universal support also reflects our strong belief that parenting skills are not innate and all parents need support.”  

Listening to Russia’s female migrants

How a new multilingual magazine in St Petersburg is giving a voice to female migrants from Central Asia.