Another review of "Inside Stories" arrived in my inbox yesterday but I let it fester there until now because I was too scared to read it. But, fortified by some dried cherries, I read it and was really pleased with the contents. It's from a former schools inspector called Malcolm Padmore. One section I liked was:
"The story lines engage you and we have humour, albeit restrained, and even love interest. We are drawn into the discussions the characters have between themselves. It's the sort of discussion that used to take place at the end of the day as you unwound in the staffroom but which is now rare as the business of the day elbows out opportunity. Each character makes valuable contributions to the progression of the story. The children are included and are acknowledged as the individuals they are as well for the important contributions they make."
Later in the review, Malcolm writes:
As the book reaches its end you are increasingly aware that it is a damning critique of much of current e-learning. This is described by one of the characters, a technophobe academic, as 'boring, lifeless and bureaucratic." ;Many of us agree with that description as we may with the assertion put forward in the book that there is a pressing need to utilise the power of the narrative approach when designing learning environments for all ages."
Well there you are. I wrote that section without particularly setting out to write a damning critique. But I'm glad it turned out that way.