Keynote by Dr. Chrissie Rogers at the The Nordic Centre of Excellence

The Nordic Centre of Excellence: Justice through education in the Nordic countries at the University of Helsinki has invited Dr Chrissie Rogers to speak as their Keynote address at a conference called Disability and Post-Compulsory Education.

Her keynote address is called ‘Re-humanising education and intellectual disability: a care-full proposal?’ and addresses issues relating to social justice, relationality, care, and ethics. She utilises her care ethics model of disability within the school system where ethical and care-full work via emotional, practical and socio-political caring spheres is crucial to effective child development. She will argue that learning – whether formal or informal – within education is potentially full of  care-less spaces. Further, the school, as an institution, is a micro social system within the socio-political sphere, where a broader picture of social justice/injustice, exclusion/inclusion, success/failure, and privilege/discrimination can be charted.

Dr Rogers advocates that schools must be fully socially inclusive in order to ensure that everyone receives a meaningful and care-full education. Prescriptive curricula, however, work against this aspiration for intellectually disabled children. Consequently, education needs re-humanising.

Rather than following a path of blame, whether it is the dysfunctional family, the ‘deficit’ child or the economically deprived nation, she suggests we require ethically just practices and caring as a fundamental part of a re-humanised education.