The dangerous rise of therapeutic education
EdCentral community rating

Add to my reading list
Professor Kathryn Ecclestone and Professor Dennis Hayes

Setting out to contest the view that children are so vulnerable that management of their emotions and developing emotional literacy constitutes the principal function of education the authors suggest that, though well intentioned, such schooling disempowers pupils and threatens their intellectual development. They advocate instead a rounded education to help pupils cope with ‘the real world’.

Examining trends that suggest that the nature of education is being changed, and not for the better, the authors argue that ‘therapeutic education’ infantilises children and actually hampers their mental wellbeing. 

They argue for more traditional forms of education, based around subjects and the authority of teachers, calling for a restoration of the previous state of affairs based on Enlightenment values of 'reason, science and progress'.

In listing research, EdCentral makes no judgment or recommendation as to its quality, validity or methodology and none should be inferred. Through peer ratings left by education practitioners, EdCentral’s aim is to support the development of a repository of shared knowledge and experience.

*   Please note that your reading list can only be saved permanently if you are logged into your account.

Professor Kathryn Ecclestone and Professor Dennis Hayes

Published by:

Date of publication:

Country of origin:

CPD opportunities:

Challenging a perceived trend in education that focuses on the emotional literacy and mental wellbeing of pupils at the expense of rigour and a traditionally grounded education, this book may make for provoking reading for teachers wishing to reflect critically on their practice. 


Record ID:
R318 / 422
Rating Summary:

0 based on 0 votes

Start a discussion

Back to search results   |   New search   |   View my reading list   |   Print this page

EdCentral Logo