Lifelong Learning: A Brave and Proper Vision – Selected Writings of Naomi Sargant
edited by Andrew McIntosh, Derek Jones, Alan Tuckett and Alan Woodley
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, £20
The CV of the educator Naomi Sargent, who passed away three years ago, is impressive, to say the least. Not only was she Professor of Social Research andro Vice-Chancellor of the Open Univeristy, but Channel 4’s first senior commissioning editor for educational programming and a distinguished advisor to successive governments. Her numerous other public appoinments included chair of the National Gas Consumer Council and of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
But it is her writings, here collated and edited by her husband Andrew McIntosh and three of her colleagues – Alan Woodley from the Open University, Derek Jones from Channel 4 and Alan Tuckett from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – which reflect those issues which were dear to her heart, namely the need for lifelong learning and, in so doing, show how she dedicated her life to serving others.
Other issues in the hefty tome include the rights of women and those who have gone on to further education despite having missed out on conventional schooling.
Undoubtedly, educationalists will be all too acutely aware that even though time may have marched on, the issues that this social reformer wrote about are still pertinent today. As such, the book will certainly appeal to those involved in education and consumer issues as well as those fighting for the rights of others. l