Socialist Review issue

September 2020 #460

The fight for a real education

News

by Lee Humber
In his short, fascinating and hugely influential book Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher talks, amongst a great many other things, about education. He...
by Simon Assaf
Beirut: After the blast, the reckoning The deadly blast in the Port of Beirut highlighted the criminal negligence of a ruling class that is seeing...
by Isobel Ringwood
The new Domestic Abuse Bill aims to broaden the definitions of abuse and to improve the support available for victims. The main hope for this new...
by Isobel Ringwood
The new Domestic Abuse Bill aims to broaden the definitions of abuse and to improve the support available for victims. The main hope for this new...
by Héctor Puente Sierra
A widespread perception that Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis has been better than Boris Johnson’s shambles seems to be convincing...

Features

Feature
Adrian Budd

The phenomenal growth of Chinese military power is challenging the post-war hegemony in the Pacific, but it remains dependent on the US for its future economic stability, writes Adrian Budd

Feature
Thomas Hummel

The death of George Floyd catapulted the demand to abolish the police into the mainstream of US politics, writes Thomas Hummel. It is a call that all socialists support, but the changes do not run...

Feature
John Parrington

Fraudulent IQ tests, rote learning and unimaginative teaching shape modern education but, argues John Parrington, playtime, culture and imagination are the true foundations of creativity.

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Shirley Franklin

The 1917 Revolution created a breakthough in materialist theory of learning, writes Shirley Franklin

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Lisa Tunnell

Lisa Tunnell draws out the lessons from the pandemic

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Sean Vernell

Sean Vernell on why its time to ditch the old education model

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Julie Mukajee

An African proverb says, ‘until the lion learns how to write, the story will always glorify the hunter’. Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, BAME people have a chance to realise its truth,...

Opinion

Columnists
by John Newsinger
In the grounds of Lews castle on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides there is an impressive monument commemorating the achievements of a certain James Matheson. It was erected in 1880, some two years...

Interviews

Socialist Review spoke to activists about organising under lockdown

Since 2009, pay in the Further and Higher Education sector has been effectively cut by nearly 20 percent in real terms, while staff are being asked to work harder and longer than ever before. The...

Reviews

Culture
by Noel Halifax

“I now believe that there is an absolute incompatibility between art and private property or between art and state property... Property must be destroyed before imagination can develop any further...

Culture
by Richard Bradbury

There are three things to say about the government announcement of £1.8 billion for the Culture, Arts and Heritage sector announced in early July. First, for those who work in a sector of the...

Music
by Mike Barton

Fifty years after his death in1970 at the peak of his fame, Hendrix is still revered as the premium electric guitarist. His music became part of the soundtrack of a generation’s revolt. In the six...

Music

Socialist Review spoke to Dave Randall about his band Slovo, and the forthcoming album Bread & Butterflies,

Books
by Layla Assam

For a century, Palestine has suffered through colonial rule, territorial conquest, occupation after occupation and an apartheid regime oppressing Palestinians in their land. The 100 Years’ War on...

Books
by Camilla Royal

The Robbery of Nature draws on and develops the theories of Marx and Engels to understand why capitalism has such a destructive influence on the natural world. Central to Fosters and Clark’s...

Books
by Dave Clinch

Laleh Khalili, professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University in London, has carried out a wide-ranging study of the networks of trade in the Arabian Peninsula. Her research included...

Books
by Rob Behan

Catherine Belton’s rigorously researched account of the rise of the Russian elite provides a rare glimpse into the activities of Putin’s inner circle. Such workings are often shrouded in mystery,...