Unpacking parent-teacher tensions in the education system

From: 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.

Prof Tooley, who is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham in England, also unpacks the relationship between parental and government oversight in education systems, 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, guided by his research on how to provide high quality education at lower cost.

“But once you give the state a little bit of control…institutional bias will lead to this kind of thing…where the state doesn’t care what parents want for their kids…I think in the years to come, people will look back and say, “Well it’s barbaric, what you’re doing to children.”~ Professor James Tooley

Tooley’s groundbreaking 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 learned 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 Entrepreneurship and Educational 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 the University of Newcastle, Tooley ran the EG West Center which is dedicated to advancing choice, competition and entrepreneurship in education.

James has also written many critically acclaimed books on the subject, including The beautiful tree, Reclaim education and more recently Really Good Schools: Holistic Lessons for High Caliber Education at Low Cost.

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 opinion leaders from around the world on topics as varied as politics, culture, the world academics and faith. John is driven by a desire to encourage open and honest discussion about important issues so that we, as a society, can achieve the best possible outcomes for as many people as possible.


Article provided to 96five 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.

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