From The Guardian - An education book that changed me: favourite reads revealed (16.12.14)
"The best book I've read about teaching in the past half decade is Tait Coles' 'Punk Leaning'. Coles is the most radically left wing of the newer education writers, and 'Punk Learning' contains everything I want in a book about teaching. It is challenging, provocative, experimental and in parts pleasingly flawed. In it, he takes lessons from punk luminaries, and applies them to the act of teaching, steering what initially suggests itself to be an uncontrollable metaphor into a remarkably cohesive statement of political intent. This book combines high-minded seriousness with a deeply ludic approach to what is possible and is, for me, the antidote to the unimaginative priggishness that is the vogue in current educational debate. This book, which is beautifully designed, seems to me to be the educational equivalent of Lydon's advice to the working class, "Get smart. Read as much as you can, and find out who's using you!"" Phil Beadle
Tait Coles is a teacher, Vice Principal in a Bradford School and an educational speaker. He is a classroom maverick and a respected radical of modern teaching.
Previously, Tait has been Assistant Head Teacher at a comprehensive school in Leeds and was Head of Science in one of the many challenging school in Bradford.
Tait is the creator of Punk Learning; a manifesto that challenges the orthodoxy and complacency of teaching and allows students to be central to a critical educational culture where they learn how to become individuals and social agents rather than merely disengaged spectators who have their 'part to play' in the Neoliberal ideology of modern schooling.
More details of this can be found on his blog www.taitcoles.wordpress.com