Tom is visiting professor of education policy.
Inside the Secret Garden: The Progressive Decay of Liberal Education
‘Throughout the book, Tom Burkard highlights the central paradox of progressive education - despite the professed aim of creating a democratic society, it would in fact be almost impossible to design a system better suited to perpetuating both class divisions and the gulf between the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. Provocative and outspoken, Tom Burkard outlines his solutions to these problems, making this essential reading for everyone interested in the future of our schools, country and its culture.’
‘Dancing Bears teaches basic reading skills to non-readers, beginning readers and dyslexics. It starts by teaching letter sounds and blending, and progresses logically to more complex words. All skills are continuously reinforced. It can be used by anyone--parents, teachers or classroom assistants. This programme will help 4- and 5-year-olds get off to a flying start. With older children, it will work where all others have failed.’