The World is in Our Words

Chris Searle


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Five Leaves Publications
31 October 2022
ISBN: 9781910170915

From the publisher

'Pick up The World is in Our Words and be enthused by energy unbounded, going in several directions at once. [Chris Searle's] life is a challenge to all those repressive mind manacles imposed by the Conservatives in the 1980s, which have accrued ever since.' Sheila Rowbotham, from the introduction

The World is in Our Words follows Searle's teaching, writing and anti-racist mobilising experiences in East London, Sheffield, Canada and Manchester, in particular his five years as a headteacher at Earl Marshal Comprehensive School, Sheffield, where he and the school governors established England's first non-permanent exclusion policy.
The book is about the search to create a truly internationalist school curriculum, using critical literacy, community activism, student self-organisation and academic excellence as its founding principles – an exemplar of Bob Marley's lyric and the watchwords of the school: 'None but ourselves can free our minds'.