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Off The Line by Matthew Scurfield
Foreword by Professor Carmel Borg
In a world that thrives on diagnostic tests and labels, Matthew Scurfield’s childhood biography will easily locate him in the ‘at risk’ category. Several children and youth with a similar biography continue to be socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually excluded from mainstream education, where the provision exists, or from pseudo-
Lorenzo Milani (1923-
For Milani, the most violent conclusion of a transmissive education system is a population that enthusiastically embraces and willingly participates in war. He labelled schools of the fascist era as ‘cowardly’, deceiving students into thinking that war is in their best interest. The fact that peasants and workers were the net victims of Italy’s imperial ambitions galvanised Milani’s resolve to commit social suicide and side with the oppressed.
This book underscores the fact that oppression is human and, therefore, it can be reversed. This is a book for those who have been wronged by many an education system.
Prof. Carmel Borg
Faculty of Education
University of Malta