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‘Let pupils learn from disaster’

Discuss tragedies like Grenfell in class, says academic

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Schools fail their pupils if they do not discuss disasters such as the Grenfell Tower fire and the reasons behind them, according to one of the foremost thinkers on education in modern times.

Radical academic Henry Giroux, who was in Scotland to collect an honorary doctorate, warned that schools and other educational institutions were “irrelevant” if they merely taught a collection of skills without paying heed to the political forces shaping the world.

“What happens when you’re a student in a school and you turn on the media after you leave and there’s a building burning in your ...

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