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A Study of the Structure of the Professional Orientation of Two Teachers of Mathematics Volume 1 – Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks Peter Gates University of Nottingham Thesis submitted to the University of Nottingham for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, February 2000. To Mum 13 th April 1920 – 20 th November 1998
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Karl’s Voice Die Philosophen haben die Welt nur verschieden interpretirt , es kommt drauf an sie zu verändern . (The Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.) (Karl Marx, 1845, Theses on Feuerbach)
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The Poets’ Voice But to go to School on a summer morn O, it drives all joys away. Under a cruel eye outworn The little ones spend the day In sighing and dismay. William Blake Good sense which once ruled far and wide, Now in our schools to rest is laid. Science, its once beloved child, Killed it to see how it was made. Guiseppe Giuste (1808 – 1850) Epigrammi – 1849 (Gramsci’s translation) We don’t need no education We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom Hey, Teacher, leave those kids alone All in all we’re just another brick in the wall The Wall, Pink Floyd, 1979
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Danny’s Voice “I thought music mattered. But does it bollocks. Not compared to how people matter. Over the last 10 years this bloody Tory government has systematically destroyed an entire industry, our industry and not just our industry; our communities, our homes our lives all in the name of progress and for a few lousy bob. A fortnight ago, this band’s pit were closed. Another 1000 men lost their jobs and that’s not all they lost. Most lost the will to win a while ago. A few even lost the will to fight. When it comes to losing the will to live, to breath, the point is if this lot were seals or whales you’d all be up in bloody arms. But they’re not. They are just common or garden, honest, decent human beings and not one of them with an ounce of hope left. Oh they can knock out a bloody good tune. But what the fuck does that matter?” (Danny, “Brassed Off”) This work is dedicated to the men and women of Grimethorpe Colliery and the quarter of a million other miners who lost their jobs in the 80’s along with the thousands of other ‘honest, decent human beings’ who also lost their jobs, their lives, hopes and aspirations in the drive to increase profits and the incentive to invest.
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Louis’ voice I ask the pardon of those teachers who, in dreadful conditions, attempt to turn the few weapons they can find in the history and learning they ‘teach’ against the ideology, the system and the practices in which they are trapped. They are a kind of hero. But they are rare, and how many (the majority) do not even begin to suspect the ‘work’ the system (which is bigger than they are and crushes them) forces them to do, or worse, put all their heart and ingenuity into performing it with the most advanced awareness (the famous new methods!). So little do they suspect it that their own devotion contributes to the maintenance and nourishment of
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