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The first part of this lecture reflects on the disadvantaged London lives many of the capital's children are presently forced to experience and the implications this has for their schooling. The later part commends aspects of the writings of two long-dead Londonersthe eminent lawyer, Thomas More, and the great political polemicist and literacy critic, William Hazlitt. Each writer at different times in England's history introduced into its culture his own distinctive way of thinking and discourse, and it is these styles that are worth re-engaging with at this particular juncture, as we consider the scope, nature and potential of school reform, not just in London, but generally.
About the Author
David Halpin is Professor of Education at the School of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London.