Your child will spend the better part of their early life in classrooms, hidden from your view. Often, their teachers will know them better than you in at least some respects. If you think you see them off daily to a place of teaching and learning, then you might think again. This book reveals the classroom as, by far, the most complex social space we have created. We read about the drama, the politics and ideology, the tenderness and the violence, the culture and the theatre of dreams that is the reality of classroom life. Just as Brian Cox reveals the celestial universe to us, so Saville reveals the educational universe of the classroom – just as complex, just as exotic.
Saville has worked in a number of universities in England, New Zealand and Spain and served as a Regional Officer for the United Nations in Latin America.
Saville is a Professor of Education, most recently at the University of Auckland, and is currently Adjunct Professor at Drew University, USA.
He has published numerous books and articles on educational research in both English and Spanish and is frequently invited to present keynote addresses at conferences worldwide.
His book with Barry Kushner, Who Needs the Cuts: Myths of Economic Crisis was shortlisted for the UK ‘Bread and Roses’ literary award. He worked for the United Nations as a Regional Adviser in Latin America and served as President of the UK Evaluation Society.
In the book, School: an Exposé, I question just how much school helped me fashion who I am and how I have lived – how little it equipped me to deal with challenges. I formed fine relationships with many of my teachers, but even they were too often let down by the system of schooling.
Your experience will be quite different. Perhaps you have more positive stories of schooling, and, no doubt, wholly different memories. But everyone I have spoken to about this book has rich and insightful stories to tell of their school days, often more intriguing and informative than mine. Feel free to share your stories here, and read the stories others have to tell.
But more than this –