Curriculum Athena Versus The Machine14.99
- The book argues for the study of knowledge for its own sake,
- Martin pitches Athena against 'The Machine' - a strong metaphoric battle ascribing for liberation from policy-led prescriptive education curriculum.
- The book argues for humanity to be restored in educational systems, valuing creative human attributes such as music, arts and literature.
- Martin offers thought-provoking insights, considerations and theories that culminate in a phenomenological curriculum celebrating cultural mobility and curriculum coherence.
- This book is for teachers and school-leaders who want to reflect upon the experience offered within the classroom, interested in offering a more human space for everyone within the community.
Rather than being seen as a data-driven machine, a school should be viewed as a place that enables children to develop thoughtful perspectives on the world, through which they can pursue wisdom and be free to join in with the ancient and continuing conversation: ‘What is it to be human?’
Teachers need to be liberated from policy-led prescription in order to design curricula which bring the subjects being studied, rather than the blind pursuit of measurable outcomes, to the foreground of the school’s teaching and learning agenda.
Martin Robinson’s Curriculum: Athena versus the machine explores the educational value of a curriculum rooted in the pursuit of wisdom – and advocates the enshrinement of such a curriculum as the central concern of an academic institution.
The Machine demands data, order and regulation; Athena is the goddess of philosophy, courage and inspiration. An Athena curriculum celebrates wisdom and skills, and considers why it seeks to transmit the knowledge that it does. In this book, Martin examines how we can construct a curriculum that will allow liberal education to flourish.
Anti gimmick and pro wisdom, the principles that he advocates will make a big difference to teachers’ and pupils’ lives, and will help to ensure that our young adults are better educated.