barcblog.jpg  Barcelona: Where the Concrit conference is being held in May Teachers and academics from all over Europe will be meeting in May to discuss alternatives to the neo-liberal policies which are dominating education systems The meeting which takes place in Barcelona on the 15 and 16th May is free and open to all educators who are concerned about the way education is run and want to discuss resistance and alternatives. Further details are given below: Participation in an international critical meetingParticipation in the meetingis free of chargePlease register at:www. concrit.orgHere you will find most information.If you need moreplease send an email tobarcelonaconcrit@gmail.comForward this invitationto collegeaues and friendswho might be interestedLet us know about networks ororganisations with similarinterests and purposesAbout ConcritWe are witnessing a combination of neoliberalmarketized solutions to educationalproblems and neo-conservative returns tohigher standards.Many practitioners, philosophers andresearchers around Europe are concernedabout these trends. There is a generalimpression that techniques of accountability,measurement and “management” areincreasing while the pedagogical opportunitiesare being limited and that we are seeing anunfortunate standardisation taking place. Thepedagogical environments of Europe are ableto provide much more than that, which is whatEurope needs:– Is pedagogics the victim of a globalcompetitive trend?– Do political trends contribute to turningpedagogics into a technical quick fix?– And do we narrow down childhood to aquestion of skills as a result of the policypursued?– Are the European democracies movingaway from the idea of providing generaleducation on a broad basis in favour of a kindof thinking dictated by the needs of theeducational institutions?Therefore, it is time to take the internationalperspective seriously and to stage discussionsthat invite broader reflection and analysis inaddition to strengthening the democraticdialogue between the populations of Europe.For this reason, we invite you to take part inan unconventionally organised conference on:InvitationWe invite you to participate in a twodayinternational meeting/conferencewith discussions and analyses oftrends in pedagogics and educationalpolicy. The participation is free ofcharge. The meeting will be held inan unconventional set up and servesthe purpose of establishinginternational networks for theintroduction and development ofcritical and alternative ideas andthoughts on pedagogical institutionsand national educational systems.Focus this year will be on aspects ofdemocracy.If you are ph.d. Student and want touse the opportunity to present yourresearch it will be possible either as awall paper in relation to speakerscorner or as a presentation in one ofthe thematic groups. Let us knowabout your plans.ProgrammeMay 15th - Friday9.00: Registration10.00: Welcome10.30: First keynote speakers: Past NUT PresidentMary Compton, UK and professor LoisWeiner, USA11.30: Group discussions: Exchange ofexperiences and interests.14.30: Cultural event15.00: Second keynote speaker: ProfessorJan Kampmann, Denmark15.30: Organizing thematic groups16.00: Groups are working18.30: Reception and speakers cornerMay 16th – Saturday10.00: Third keynote speaker: Doctor anddirector Alfons Martinell, Spain10.30: Thematic groups continue their work14.30: Speakers corner and wall papers15.30: Thematic groups finish the conference17.00: Common closing and cultural eventMay 17th – Sunday10.00: Evaluation and next conference

15-16. May Barcelona 2009