The school leaving age was only extended to 16 in 1972. By all past religious strictures, man is expected to be humble in his earthbound limitations. He believed Liverpool schools were failing working class kids - some of them more interested in caning the pupils into submission than stimulating their minds. Day fees are roughly 60% of this. Murphy's community transport scheme that began by acquiring vans for school trips is still going, offering cheap transport to people on low incomes, the elderly and disabled. Human values become brutalized when people live under the pressure either of survival of the fittest or of confronta tion. The 1940s and 1950s marked periods of decreased female employment, due to the post-War economic boom and return of men home from … SHARE . Against this backdrop, local teachers John Ord and Bill Murphy began an experiment. You wait an age for the green man to let you cross Liverpool's Scotland Road. They were to be schools without walls - and open whenever the community wanted them. In effect it became a sink school for truants, says Lisa Murphy, an academic at South Bank University who is researching free schools for her PhD. Jenny Aster, a graduate of the White Lion is now a student counsellor at City University in London. Some people wanted to learn. He'd never known anything like it. The lack of lessons was attacked by critics, but Ord says they succeeded in getting children to turn up every morning. Children who struggle with education need rules and boundaries more than anyone, he believes. 1970s: Open classrooms, less government involvement in education, and the Vietnam War. But for former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead, free schools were a fiasco. It was a similar story in Islington. "We had a go," he says proudly. The radical Idiom's four‐ letter words are the dialectic of the barracks — a special irony when it is affected by those who claim to hate war. The children didn't learn anything and the parents got increasingly frustrated.". And a noisy game of sardines disturbs the peace. In the past, they relied on a unity of middle‐class purpose; everybody wanted its benefits—to, attain or keep them. We used to go to the zoo or the pictures or the ice rink. Dean was 14 and the teacher looked on in quiet terror. This new free school will have no anarchy. She was one of the first half dozen to enrol. In other ways, too, science and technology have imposed their own ambivalence promise of liberation and fear of enslavement. The School Broadcasting Council for the United Kingdom had been set up in 1947 and the wireless or radio played a great part in the education of school children in the 1960s. Judith Lanier, chairman of the Holmes Group, spearheaded the movement to strengthen teacher education. Their new school would have "no headmaster, nor hierarchy nor recognise any central authority, but be controlled by the parents, children and teachers together", the Times Educational Supplement reported in December 1970. She was excited. But he was nervous - how far behind would he be academically? She talks fondly of the free school and says without such personal attention from the teachers she might have got into serious trouble. .css-po6dm6-ItalicText{font-style:italic;}Subscribe to the BBC News Magazine's email newsletter to get articles sent to your inbox. It was the end of a very unusual educational experiment. It is free from the local authority and the national curriculum. In the early 1970s, more and more schools began to pursue a progressive approach to learning. © 2021 BBC. To modern ears they sound like nothing short of anarchy. Or go to the countryside.". Now there's an expectation that the best schools can get good results even in deprived areas. In the 1970s more children had school dinners or went home (no packed lunches) so lunch time was longer. Step inside and what hit you first was the smell of "hippy food" - pulses and stews - Christie says. They'd milk the cows and ride horses, build tree houses and bake cakes. Instead he worked in a telephone company, dressed as a mod, enjoyed local celebrity with a couple of bands that never quite made it. Present conflicts—between hopes and fears — appear dominated by the drive for power and the demand for accountability, whether the scene is the black commu nity's fight for school cohtrol in Ocean Hill‐Brownsville or the students' demand for par ticipation in the decision making at Harvard or Berke ley. His son, journalist Toby Young, has been a pioneer of the modern free schools - setting up a notable example in west London in 2011. She's also worked as a cleaner and is now a full-time carer for her mother. I eventually went and worked in a car factory." We must set a target. On a school trip to the Isle of Arran, White opted to stay behind working as a gamekeeper. Update, 23 October: Since the publication of this article we have learned of the death of one of the interviewees, Lisa Murphy. The children have been ordered by their teacher to bombard - albeit with tomatoes - the elected leader of the country. 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Dr Dick Atkinson, who helped set it up, says they rapidly changed tack, having planned something similar to White Lion and Scotland Road. But he hasn't had a bad life, he reckons. EMAIL. Ord says that while the original free schools ran out of money, they were ahead of their time. Many of them quickly folded - with some communities not receptive to the idea of educational anarchy. Its fees give it the cash to keep going - or just about, she says. The "worker" would get up and manhandle the rabble out of the room before the lesson could continue. Secondary 9 to 4pm. Maureen Breen is now Maria Catterall. The children had to get the water from a pump at the top of the hill. We also learned how to write longhand, and some of us took great pride in our “penmanship”. Others spent hours jumping on to old mattresses, smoking or simply wandering the building. Later he would achieve prominence in Liverpool as one of those Labour councillors - known as Militant - who pushed through a rule-breaking budget. In 2016, 42 percent of these women held a Bachelor’s degree and higher, compared with 11 percent in 1970. ", One of the original free schools has survived to the present day - but only by becoming unfree. No, Jennifer, you can’t have that orange and red poncho. My children, who are 12 and 14, could not conceive of a school day that didn’t involve using a smart board, accessing the internet to get information, taking tests online, or downloading homework assignments. I would like to see a five year plan to raise the proportion from 4% to 5% or 5.5%. The children went on trips to a cottage in Wales. It is the kind of money for facilities that Ord and Murphy could never have dreamed of. No longer earthbound, man may find harder to be humble in the knowledge that the sky is no longer the limit. Readhead is horrified at how the term "free school" has been "hijacked" by the government. SHARE. There are tree houses and skate jumps wherever you look. Such promise has, quite another meaning for those who have not fled from injustice abroad, but are struggling to escape from it in their own country. He believes he might have ended up in prison without the free school. Housed in a five-storey building, the school's facade was multicoloured and the foyer guarded by a life-size papier mache lion. It was her first day at the new Scotland Road Free School. She remembers Ord one day trying to talk her into doing some classes to prepare her for an exam but she refused. A timetable was devised, a curriculum followed and a hierarchy enforced. And those who believe the trend dangerous are, to its followers, the new inquisi tors or heretics—the “pigs.”. I had more freedom as a kid then than most kids have today. "They'd give us a choice and we'd never ever pick lessons. There is really just one genuine free school left. "It's not a middle-class school and doesn't try to push any middle-class values on to the kids.". Her husband drives tankers. But there was support in the 1970s for free schools from unlikely sources. But the free ideology espoused by the adults was occasionally shot down by the children, such as the time when the girls demanded a uniform. Now look at school councils, mixed curricula, community schools" - all commonplace today, he says. My father worked and had weekends off; my mother stayed home and did the shopping, did the cooking, and raised the kids. It's not till I got older that I realised what it was about.". Video, How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating, Larry King, veteran talk show host, dies aged 87, New light shed on Darwin's 'abominable mystery', Trudeau conveys pipeline 'disappointment' to Biden, EU vaccine woes mount as new delays emerge. Toby had gone to Creighton, one of the most experimental comprehensives in the country. Her parents never worried. However it isn't just about the start and finish times. Down in London, Martin Christie never liked admitting he went to the White Lion. At the handsome Victorian manor house that is the school's HQ, play rules supreme. Children get intensive, tailored support to get their education back on track. So what happened to the kids who attended these free-for-alls? But this ad hoc, unfunded approach couldn't really last. So she had to go back to college to get certificates in maths and English. The 1970s saw a surge of technology that was designed for the work space. So what has become of those free school guinea pigs? The rules and values were far from our modern views and morals today. The development severely disrupted the "Scottie Road" - a poor but once vibrant area standing between the city centre and the docks. Set up in England by groups of parents, teachers, charities, businesses, universities, trusts, religious or voluntary groups, but funded directly by central government. Having long been charged with helping the young discover their identity, education is no longer sure its own. I can see how that essentially leaves the poor behind. Stories regularly appeared in the paper from the late 1970s onwards about the school being on the brink of closure. And what would the inspectors make of an establishment like Scotland Road with no lessons? The villain now is “the sys tem,” even the system of liberal studies; the new Sturm und Drang is pushing back to the romantic indi vidualism of doing One's Own Thing, and that allows for few required studies of ideas and values. It covers everything from nude swimming to queue jumping and internet porn - which is apparently allowed for the older children. People often assume Summerhill is about anarchy, she sighs. Read about our approach to external linking. Where salvation used to be sought primarily through religion, it is now pursued by many young people with equal certainty—often fanat icism —through communal psychiatric experiences or drugs. There are time poor — largely black—who, in anger, reject the dominant society and ask of it only that it pay reparations and get out of the way. The pity over the years has been the swinging of the pendulum from one extreme to the other. The colleges and universi ties, too, have always been torn between the conflicting mission to conserve and to pioneer. No-one can remember doing any lessons at all. A look at women’s education and earnings since the 1970s. Established as academies, independent of local authorities and with increased control over their curriculum, teachers' pay and conditions, and the length of school terms and days. But the target was not just anyone. He even invited Anthea, who trusted him with the school keys, to his wedding. Mainstream education was different in the 1970s. The London Free School in Notting Hill opened in 1966. The radicals consider the theoretical and detached scholars as “irrelevant” to the social and political crises; the scholars warn that the radicals are sowing seeds of an anti‐intellectual activism that will destroy the univer sity by politicizing it and ruin society by trying to cure its ills without skills, compe tence and workable philoso phies. There's a sense that those who are happy to talk about their experiences necessarily are those with the fondest memories. The free school will put them back in touch with nature, he says. When you see him, lob it, the teacher told them. Established by then-education secretary Michael Gove (pictured) in Academies Act 2010, To set up a free school, applicants must present business case, involving details about parental demand, type of education to be provided, and ethos, capacity and capability of applicants themselves, Can't be run for profit, or be academically selective, and they are subject to Ofsted inspection, Funding for free schools worked out on per-pupil basis; as of September 2014 there are currently about 300 free schools in England. The area's dilapidated tenements were knocked down and the residents moved out. The teachers were trusted implicitly. "We used to go in and they'd say 'what d'yous want to do today?'" 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Those educa tional spokesmen in the 1930's who daringly urged the schools to help establish a new social order were haunted for decades and blacklisted as radical sub verters of youth. The school grew quickly to 20, and then 30 children. Over two years in the late 1970s I sat for 150 hours in History O level lessons with Mrs B and copied her writing off the board. He remembers how another child was helped by the school to get their HGV licence and become a lorry driver. "The past is what makes your character. Part of its freedom had been traded in exchange for financial security. The school had to move frequently to find affordable spaces big enough for the growing numbers. Even if it was sometimes against the law. The lack of exams is a regret. Not all of it worked, such as the idea to keep chickens in a garage. Patriotism, it used to be assumed, is one of the schools' basic, noncontrover sial lessons. Now the range of goals and demands is so wide as to seem often virtually to defy a shared system of values. In the final analysis, the issue remains whether man can use and control his tools and institutions to prevent them from becoming instru ments of dehumanization. But they soon stopped consulting the children what they wanted to do each day. The venerable man they were waiting for appeared and the children duly let fly. Until he played in a band he'd always been shy and uncomfortable in public. At the same time, the Job Centre staff twigged and stopped the dole money going to Ord and his colleagues. He was relieved when his family moved to Watford. ", But at White Lion, no-one caned him. They deliberately chose to reject traditional education. Anita Halliday - who took over in 1973 - is still at the helm. Schools like White Lion would need to offer a full curriculum, including sport and the arts. New school buildings have sprung up not far from Scotland Road. One basic question is why so many of the young rebels turn to the romantic failure of a Che Guevara or the re pressive totalitarianism of Mao Tse‐tung rather than to the values — social, moral, educational and political — of Thomas Jefferson, Abra ham Lincoln, or Franklin D. Roosevelt. See the article in its original context from. During the 1960s, segregation was definitely POWERFUL. It's hard to imagine a time when teachers would take schoolchildren on a trip to heckle the prime minister - let alone throw things at him. It's a regret of John Ord's. Where they fail to do so— as they have in some commu nities and regions—they have reinforced those values that subsequently became respon sible for social, cultural and economic backwardness and suffering. And, if he does, will he stand accused of subverting the system? American schools in the 1970s reflected the economic, racial, and social problems in the country as a whole. Somehow it fought on. 1638 - The first printing press in the American Colonies is set up at Harvard College. Michael Young, who founded the Consumers' Association and Which? Events. Nowadays, more than 40% of young people start undergraduate degrees – … When people ask Maria Catterall where she went to school, she finds it easier not to explain. She had no qualifications. Teachers would be called by their first names. Mainstream education was different in the 1970s. "There should be a space within the public education system for a degree of experimentation." Summerhill does turn out pupils who become doctors and entrepreneurs. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. They ask of the schools, as of society it self, everything that young people wanted before them. The new social order did come—through the New Deal, a socially conscious Supreme Court that upheld civil liberties and a host of laws to extend civil rights, and the welfare state. It has survived and succeeded. They had a policy of not turning people away. Used mindlessly or selfishly, sci ence and technology have al ready contaminated man's environment; but with proper support, they can also lift the present threat. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}In the 1970s, idealistic young activists created a wave of experimental schools - no compulsory lessons, no timetables, no rules. Yet, in the long run, they proved more right than wrong. The children would open the post and hand over the cheques to the adults to pay in. There'd be no fees, fixed hours, term times or holidays. Kids did pick up practical skills at the school. SHARE. "We weren't trying to overthrow the system. Toby Young thinks the kind of progressive education practised by the likes of White Lion was deeply flawed. There are those poor — black and white—who want to climb the traditional lad der to the benefits of tradi tional civic virtue and privi lege. The American dream made every little boy potentially free and prosperous. Murphy, heavily sideburned, espouses a hippyish vibe. Today he is said to live a few streets from Scotland Road, running a tiling business. More than two-thirds of mothers now work full or part-time Nearly half of mothers think the 1970s and 1980s were an easier age for raising children, a report suggests. The masterminds behind the free school - Ord and Murphy - taught Maureen at St Catherine's, her Catholic secondary. 1970s. The Education Act of 1870, known as the ‘Forster Act’, laid down the requirement to establish compulsory, elementary education in England. Ord, now a Labour councillor in Oxfordshire, says they felt there was nothing they couldn't try. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Back to School, 1970s. "These were good teachers and the children wanted to be there.". But when she tired of catering she was in for a shock. JKR and I both took our O Levels in June 1981 when were were nearly 16. In the 21st century, historians have increasingly portrayed the 1970s as a "pivot of change" in world history, focusing especially on the economic upheavals that followed the end of the postwar economic boom. She is married with three children and lives in a neat terraced house in Wavertree, an area of Liverpool now known for its student population. But it has a law book setting out rules voted for by the children. No exam results. The schools are set adrift by this challenge to the old values. Then there was the noise. 1. It is not a rugged individualism but an emo tional one, confined by the peer group and the commune. There are the affluent young—mainly white—who no longer see any sense in climbing and who, possibly to pay for their favored posi tion, join the angry poor and reject the values of their past and their parents. She thinks the 1970s free schools probably "confused freedom with licence". Children in poor areas were "undersold for generations", says Sir John Dunford, former general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders. My recent article on women in the 1970s argued that returning to education as an adult was a key catalyst for women’s social mobility in this decade. There would be no timetable, no compulsory lessons, no uniform, no hierarchy. Breen laughs at the absurdity. Children Playing!" The Queen opened the Kingsway Tunnel linking Liverpool with Wallasey on the other side of the Mersey. Companies like IBM and Honeywell began developing tools that would simplify tasks for workers. You could learn if you wanted. Ord and his partner had just had a baby. And parents who don't want to send their children to the local state school should have an opportunity to set up their own school, he argues. White Lion's real gift to him was the guitar. We should not expect education to be simply left to teachers, or the state, argues the philosopher Roger Scruton. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. It was the decade of the Space Hopper, the Ford Cortina, Raleigh Chopper bikes, the record player and cassette recorder. 1962 - Manpower Development and Training Act (MDTA) Authorized a three year program aimed at … Many alumni say they learned life skills they couldn't have got elsewhere, particularly how to get on with people however different they seemed. Some of it has lasted though. For the public schools these are difficult times. They didn't do exams. Today it receives money from the public purse and is expected to take in "challenging young people". Or huddling around the kitchen in winter to keep warm. Children, he says, "have had stolen from them the right to dig, to build, to experience, to see". There was no formal funding and they charged no fees. The answer is probably that the schools, though clearly not the agents of revolution, can best serve the country if they support and advance evolutionary change. The university today is torn between concern for its traditional academic mission of training the intellect, both in the abstract and as a pre professional exercise, and an other, more sentimental, therapeutic role. The number of students being educated was steadily growing in the first part of the twentieth century, but the Great Depression presented many challenges for students, teachers, and schools. If the teacher extols thrift, should he denounce the message, “Fly Now, Pay Later”? Of … Concern for human ity thrives best in a society that is not polarized. The practice was debunked, but not before Wood pushed ads promoting the practice during the 1960s through the early 1970s. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Kids who would have played truant otherwise. It is all a far cry from Ord having to sleep in the Scotland Road school to try to prevent people burning it down. A building was found and an office set up above a shop. History of Education: The 1970s Educational Trends Major Historical and Social Issues of the 1970s Styles of Teaching/Curriculum The colleges at mid decade found themselves in something of a "sophomore slump", as the social optimism of the 1960s turned into the economic pessimism "We got on and did it with nil resources.". I'd take cane on hand even though it hurt more. The school leaving age was only extended to 16 in 1972. Today’s classroom looks nothing like it did even just 20 years ago. No-one would guess that she was part of one of the most radical educational experiments in modern Britain. After two decades of preoccupation with the fruits and dilemmas of afflu ence, exploding knowledge and the triumphal march of science and technology, the “why” and “what for” of the human condition call out for answers. At this point 14% of 18-year-olds were in higher education, compared with more than 36% today. You could choose hand or arse, slipper or cane. His maths teacher - Christie recalls him only as "Bob something or other who wore John Lennon glasses and always had a roll-up [cigarette] in his hand" - played in a band. "You learned by doing," Vella says. Students were encouraged to "roam free" in the '70s. "I could have been the Andrew Ridgeley," he laughs. His fears were unfounded - he found himself in the middle of the class, getting decent marks in tests. Free school to her means children free to decide their futures. Everton Free School, sponsored by the area's football club, has moved in to a £4.2m building near Goodison Park. There were trade unionists, parents, community activists. Soon they were cropping up all over the country - Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, and Brighton all got one. TWEET. But science and a precision‐engineered moon landing have raised doubts about the limits. It is a device of dehumaniza tion that ought to be elimi nated in the 1970's. How Joe Biden's ancestral Irish home is celebrating. Educational neglect and in efficiency have made the psychological as well as the academic remedial task the responsibility of higher edu cation. He stayed there for three months. When Ilea handed over responsibility for schools to individual London boroughs in 1990, Islington stopped its funding - blaming the school's refusal to follow the national curriculum. The project redrew the geography of Liverpool, turning the Scotland Road into an urban motorway with two sides of bone-shaking traffic. There was a helper, Michael Griffies, who would teach them how to change a car battery and how to drive. Today it's "absolutely not acceptable" for a school to let children leave without any exam results. On the other hand, black students are studying at the University of Mississippi Law School to become lawyers in support of their brothers' de mands against the laws and mores of Mississippi. magazine, was a patron of the White Lion. She works as a team secretary for community mental health at an NHS psychiatric unit. Her abiding memory is of children piling into the big box van with no seatbelts and driving to opposite ends of the country - Cornwall, Wales or Scotland. The teachers, known as "workers", used to laugh at Martin for his avoidance of four-letter words, he recalls. In the first half of this century, they struggled hard to revive the concept of the Renaissance and to pull together the fragmented backgrounds and values of a frontier civilization that was running out of frontier. The 1960s time period and OUR generation is like night & day. However, education in the Southern colonies is more typically provided at home by parents or tutors. Having seen what intelligence, determination and money can accomplish, man will inevitably feel greater guilt over his failure to clear the slums, stop the wars, offer equality to the deprived, and make the commuter trains arrive on time. 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