Positive Activism

Summer Turner

Positive activism is something that I have become convinced of as a way to understand how we can improve education. For me it means an engagement in fighting for the change in education that you want to see through positive action, whether that be in the form of public speaking or writing, or through the establishment of active education groups or policy at national or school level. Over the last few weeks I’ve been at two events which epitomise this thinking: Pedagoo London and the Education Reform Summit. What both events had in common was a sense of optimism about education but also engagement with the challenges present.

Positive activism has to subscribe to both the uplifting, supportive nature of collaboration but also critically to the struggle – the difficult thinking and debate which demands more of your thinking. In thinking about this I’ve realised it poses a problem:…

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