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Inequality and Flourishing

A Theology of Education

Inequality and Flourishing

A Theology of Education

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334060840
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 30/06/2022
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

It is no surprise that Christians have long been involved in education - the quest for human flourishing and wholeness is at the heart of the gospel, and education is critical to that quest. Good education has the power to transform our relationships with ourselves, with each other, with and within communities and ultimately between nation states. But what is surprising is our theological silence in the face of the deep injustices which lie at the heart of our education system.

In Inequality and Flourishing, Mariama Ifode-Blease explores and exposes these inequalities, and calls for a greater remembrance of the bountiful and daunting gift of stewardship we have as we educate young people.

Drawing on interviews, She offers a fresh vision of education as being about giving children the best tools to be stewards of their minds and bodies, our communities and ultimately our planet.

Preface ix

Introduction 1

The Empty Tomb Stares Back at Us

Period 1: Assembly 20

The Call to be our Fullest Selves

interview with ms caroline braggs 34

Period 2: English and Modern Languages 51

Language and Liberation

Period 3: The Arts 76

Living Beyond Words

interview with revd canon dr joanna collicutt 93

Period 4: Sports 109

Starting the Race Fairly

Period 5: Science 123

Universal Matter

interview with professor chris jackson 138

Period 6: Geography 149

Harvesting Potential

Period 7: Lunch 165

Eating is a Right not a Privilege

Period 8: History 178

Whose History is it Anyway?

Period 9: Maths 198

Calculating the Cost

Towards a New Vision for Secondary Education 218

Names and Subjects Index 223

Mariama Ifode- Blease

Dr Mariama Ifode-Blease is a former headteacher and now a curate at St James' Picadilly. A seasoned campaigner for justice in the education system, she sits on the Editorial Board of Magnet, is a Fulbright Scholar, and also a mentor with Target Oxbridge, a programme that supports BAME students to realise their full potential.