Magazine article English Drama Media

Brian Cox, Michael Marland, Tony Adams

Magazine article English Drama Media

Brian Cox, Michael Marland, Tony Adams

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As well as Harold Rosen, several other notable contributors to the recent development of the English curriculum have died in 2008. In the last EDM, we spoke of the death of Joan Goody, Since then, we have seen the deaths of Brian Cox, Michael Marland, and Tony Adams.

Marland, the headteacher of North Westminster Community School till his retirement in 1999, was a member of the Bullock Committee on the teaching of English in the 1970s, and a tireless commentator on many aspects of English teaching and education more generally. As the Facebook site which has been set up in his memory attests, he will be remembered by very many for his inspirational pedagogy and leadership, his dedication to the cause of multilingualism in schools and access to education, and his charismatic championing of comprehensive education.

Tony Adams, like Marland, was an inspirational character. He was at the heart of developments in English teaching throughout the 1970s and 80s, and a very active contributor to NATE at that time. Perhaps most well known for editing the Open University Press English, Language and Education series of books about English teaching, which are still standard works of reference for English teachers throughout the world, he continued to teach at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge until recently. From his base there, over several decades, he communicated his passion for all aspects of English teaching--but perhaps particularly for the potentials of ICT in English teaching--to generations of young English teachers. As one of the delegates at the seminal 1966 Dartmouth Conference on the teaching of English, he also maintained a strong interest in English teaching internationally. A memorial website for Tony has been set up at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/tonyadams.

The most controversial of these three educators was undoubtedly Brian Cox. …

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