The silent ascendancy of a therapeutic ethos across the education system and into the workplace demands a book that serves as a wake up call to everyone. Kathryn Ecclestone and Dennis Hayes' controversial and compelling book uses a wealth of examples across the education system, from primary schools to university, and the workplace to show how therapeutic education is turning children, young people and adults into anxious and self-preoccupied individuals rather than aspiring, optimistic and resilient learners who want to know everything about the world.
The chapters address a variety of thought-provoking themes, including
The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education is eye-opening reading for every teacher, student teacher and parent who retains any belief in the power of knowledge to transform people's lives. Its insistent call for a serious public debate about the emotional state of education should also be at the forefront of the minds of every agent of change in society… from parent to policy maker.
"This robust polemic challenges almost everything I thought and was taught about the role of the teacher. Ecclestone and Hayes place current concerns about wellbeing and mental health in a broader, critical context, arguing that therapeutic education diminishes and limits individuals, and creates the problems it claims to solve. I suspect any reader would be left reconsidering fundamental beliefs about education after reading this book." -Harry Fletcher-Wood works at the Institute for Teaching and is an author
Foreward by Frank Furedi Preface: The rise of emotional problems 1 In an emotional state 2 The therapeutic primary school 3 The therapeutic secondary school 4 The therapeutic college 5 The therapeutic university 6 The therapeutic workplace 7 Explaining the emotional state 8 The therapeutic turn in education: a response to our critics Bibliography Index