Too Much Too Young: the crisis in Britain's education system
In Partnership with Cheltenham Festivals
Date: Sat 17th Oct
Location: Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre
Price: £8 (£5 Students)
There’s a crisis in the British education system. Business leaders complain bitterly that our schools are not producing people fit to work in the modern world. So what is education for? What kind of people does society need?
Chaired by the BBC News' Home Editor, Mark Easton, former headmaster of Eton College Tony Little (An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education) asks: are we over-schooled and under-educated? He debates with journalist Melissa Benn (School Wars) and Marianne Talbot, who was thrown out of school at 15 and is now Director of Studies in Philosophy at the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education.
Melissa Benn is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner. She has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers and has written seven books including School Wars: the Battle for Britain’s Education. Melissa is a founder of the Local Schools Network and is currently the Chair of the parliamentary campaign group Comprehensive Future. Her next book, which will be published by Routledge in November, is The Truth About Our Schools: Exploding the Myths, Exploring the Evidence.
BBC News' Home Editor
Former headmaster of Eton College.
Marianne Talbot was thrown out of school at 15 for truancy and disruption. She came back into education via a foundation course at the Open University, during which she discovered philosophy. Moving to the University of London she took a First Class degree in philosophy, and then did graduate work at the University of Oxford. Marianne has lectured in philosophy for the colleges of Oxford University for nearly 30 years, the last 15 of them as Director of Studies in Philosophy at The Department for Continuing Education.