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Cultural Capital and "The Best That has Been Thought and Said"

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

16:00 UK time

90 minutes

Special Introductory Price - £32.39


The thoughts of Thomas Arnold and his son Matthew are currently extraordinarily prevalent in British education, but who are they, what did they stand for, and why are we importing the ideas from the private sector into the state system?

This challenging session from long-time Associate Phil Beadle is an introduction to cultural capital and looks at what it actually means, how it is distinct from cultural literacy, and why "the best that has been thought and said" is rather less innocent than you might think.

Key Takeaways:

  • Where the idea of character education comes from.
  • How cultural capital is distinct from cultural literacy.
  • Why the "best that has been thought and said" is not neutral.
  • What Pierre Bourdieu meant when he described cultural capital.
  • How schools might implement approaches to cultural capital that are not just uncritically importing ruling class culture and presenting it as qualitatively better than other forms.

This session is suitable for all teachers from KS2 to post-16.

Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle

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