> Hey all,
> It was great to meet everyone at the ORC conference last month - lots of
> brilliant debate and exciting ideas!
> One of the proposals that came out of the Teaching and Learning group was
> to set up a 'Radical Teaching Collective'. We discussed the limitations of
> radical teaching in institutions that often demand "neutrality" - the
> university academy, schools and colleges, community groups, publicly-funded
> and third sector organisations etc. We agreed that facilitating students
> to gain ownership of the learning process would be key to fostering and
> maintaining a culture and community of radical learning/teaching - both
> inside and outside the classroom.
> We recognised that many people involved with ORC - and many people outside
> of it too - are already engaged in these processes. We therefore suggested
> establishing a network of teachers/learners, who could engage practically
> with these issues, by potentially organizing skill sharing and training
> workshops on radical teaching methods.
> As it happens, there is a brilliant event happening next week in London
> which might spark some ideas for the collective. "Demand the Impossible" is
> a week long summer school for London teenagers on activism and radical
> politics at Goldsmiths University. I have offered to volunteer my limited
> teaching experience to the event as I think its such a brilliant
> initiative, and so I will be there all next week.
> I thought that some ORCers might be interested in attending - but also
> this could be a great chance to organise our first meeting with radical
> teaching fresh in our minds!
> I have set up a doodle here for anybody interested so we can plan what day
> would be best for everyone. I'm not very techy and so I was also going to
> suggest that if everyone who is interested sends me their emails I could
> set up a list for this specific project?
> Look forward to seeing some ORCers soon :)
> Holly x