With many events being organised in 2017 here is a useful discussion about the need to go and look for diversity rather than diverse speakers coming to you.
The Festival of Education list of speakers is out
The initiallist of speakers proposed for the Festival of Education 2016is out.There are some great names there and I’m really excited to be going again this year, as I have every year since it started. As I scrolled down the faces, it really stood out how many of them were white and male (not to mention that five of them are called Andrew/Andy!) I pointed out this white and male bias on Twitter and was met with the inevitable flurry of likes and retweets and a couple of push backs.
The main thrust of the small amount of resistance I received to my pointing out that there is an imbalance seemed to be that this was a self-selecting group. To become a speaker there relied in part on people putting themselves forward. 300 people did, and none of them…
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