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‘If education stopped being a posh word for babysitting, we’d value teachers more’

Let’s rethink schooling to escape the ‘narrow strictures of exams’, says actor and presenter Sir Tony Robinson

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The problem, says Sir Tony Robinson, is not education itself. The problem is our understanding of what education is.

“I remember, in the early 1960s, there was a radical bishop called John Robinson who said that, if you wanted to get a purchase on faith, you’d ban the word ‘God’ for 50 years,” says the actor and television presenter, best known for playing Baldrick in the BBC series Blackadder. “I think it would help if we used a different vocabulary for education from the one we’ve got now. We really want to think of education outside the narrow strictures of exams.

“And, if education was ...

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