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Nigel de Gruchy
This is the chicken or egg conundrum. Which should the 40-year-old disillusioned schoolteacher, Terry Park, try to reform first: the whole of British society or its antiquated education system? With his new girlfriend, Susan Mansfield – a radical, strongwilled university lecturer – he tries to do both by forming his own political party and standing for Parliament. But Terry soon has more problems on his plate than he’d bargained for! Extract 1 • Extract 2 • Extract 3 • Extract 4
This book offers a viable and attractive alternative to school-based teaching. It suggests that gradually, as the 21st century progresses, traditional schools be replaced by a child-centred, home-based,
tutor-guided and multimedia-supported approach that is capable of providing a tailor-made programme of study for each child
from birth to early teens. Download extract.
This short novel is a telling skit on today’s schooling and foresees a
time when the 150-year old Victorian system finally collapses.
A panicking Prime Minister calls for a most select committee to contrive solutions – and rapidly. But only one member has the slightest idea of what to do and he bullies the conscripted, cantankerous and ill-informed committee into doing his bidding. Download extract.