Who Gets to be Smart by Bri Lee


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Bri Lee brings personal anecdotes and extensive research to this investigation of the education system and nature of knowledge in a Western society. She criticises how the Academy, rooted in a British, colonial, patriarchal and kyriarchial history, continues to uphold its role as the inheritor of certain kinds of knowledge and privilege. With a particular focus on the recent controversies surrounding the Ramsey Centre for Western Civilisation, and the links between universities and conservative governments, this is a compelling and at times shocking read. I turned the final page deeply cynical of the system which assigns worth and ranking to our knowledge, and inspired to value intelligence used, not intelligence measured. – Pippa