A Little Learning

The front cover attempts to make the sharp contrast between the mundane face of a typical state school against the magnificence of a learning establishment like Cambridge.

This is a serious book. It is has a fictional storyline covering four terms in a secondary school in the 1980s, but the events and official attitudes are disturbingly authentic, and show why the last three decades of the last century had such a disastrous effect on our Schools - a malaise from from which we are still suffering today.

It may be that some will say that the events referred to just form a radical polemic and are unbelieveable - but policies and attitudes which created such events are all verifiable, and some of the people responsible still hold office. You can check most of them in Hansard and in the press reports of the time.

People who KNOW about education can testify to the authenticity of my theme;

Baroness Mary Warnock; "I think this is a powerful novel, with a manifestly timely message. Teachers will enjoy it; ministers and policy makers ought to learn from it."

Customer on my Amazon site ( who turned out to be a Professor of Information Technology); "This is a highly satisfying piece of work. It is on one level a witty, entertaining and fast-moving tale, well calculated to hold the intelligent reader's attention right through to a brilliant climax. The story's tension builds to a tremendous showdown which takes the somewhat unlikely form of an amazing, thrillingly victorious oration in a Cambridge University Union dabate. However, this book is much more than merely a successful novel. On another and more important level it is a vivid and utterly persuasive presentation of evidence for the case that the state education system in Great Britain has been allowed to deteriorate to the point where it is now in desperately serious trouble, moreover that the deterioration is largely the result of an extended betrayal of public trust by the responsible government authorities, over several decades. Mr Stowell writes with the knowledgeable deep anger of one who has himself spent years as a teacher in the state system. His outrage is thus based on long professional experience, battling to overcome official obstacles hindering all attempts to serve students and their parents. The force of his eloquence arouses the outrage of the reader, certainly of this reviewer. The situation he portrays is indeed disgraceful and cries out for reform; and Mr Stowell's voice is sounding a powerful call to action. One can only hope that his book will be widely read, for its impact cannot fail to help to reverse the scandalous, worsening neglect which he has so effectively exposed in this timely and important polemic."

Available from Amazon or Authors on Line ISBN 0-7552-0006-3

 

http://www.authorsonline.co.uk/book/5/A_Little_Learning/purchase/

 

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24.11 | 13:00

Great to see that all is going well. Best wishes. Jonathan

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04.07 | 14:06

Hey, my next door neighbour's a poet..
...and I didn't know it!

Well done Tony, I shall peruse with interest.

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03.03 | 19:03

Its a bit warmer here so most things are up including weeds - the sea defences are damaged - 10.2 metre tide today, 50 knot gusts - and it goes on raining--

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03.03 | 14:38

What if, indeed, Tony! The title is succinct.

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