This is not a ‘feel-good’ book that merely leaves you better informed or happily reassured – it is a crucial book that fundamentally challenges the way we think about education and its place in the modern world. This penetrating exploration burrows through to the heart of the malaise which has stifled so much education into the 21st century. The philosophical underpinnings of this malaise may have originated in the west but its impact is now without frontiers. Consequently, the insights in this book are globally compelling and deeply important in an international context. This is not only a brilliant, lucid and erudite expose but also a provocative and bold manifesto for change. Everyone involved in education should be familiar with its message – from politicians, policy makers and administrators to parents, teachers and students.