On last May 13th, Robin delivered the 2014 Godfrey Thomson Trust Lecture at the University of Edinburgh. His title was Evidence, Policy and the Reform of Primary Education: A Cautionary Tale. I was struck with the close similarities between the politics of education in the UK and in the US. Robin’s lecture is a cautionary tale for educators and politicians in the US and elsewhere. The struggles being fought in the UK with curriculum, standards, and accountability closely parallel those in other nations and give testimony to the existence of a GERM (Global Education Reform Movement).
Robin’s lecture is not only an insightful examination of the contemporary British scene but also traces more than 50 years of history of the evolution of the UK school system and its relationship to government.
Robin’s web site is at http://www.robinalexander.org.uk/
Robin has graciously agreed to have his lecture posted here: http://www.gvglass.info/Alexander-Edinburgh.pdf
Gene V Glass
Arizona State University
National Education Policy Center
University of Colorado Boulder
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