Dr Anthony Radice (pronounced Ra – DEE – chay – it’s Italian) taught English language and literature at secondary level (ages eleven to eighteen) for a number of years, before coming to work for the Inspiration Trust, where he is currently Assistant Principal at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
Dr Radice has worked in all sorts of schools, from a grim and chaotic comprehensive to a plush and civilised boarding school. But he still remembers fondly the one in which he first worked, a very ordinary non-selective comprehensive school (although it was grant-maintained) with a strict headmaster and a well-organised discipline system.
Dr Radice is very good at passing tests and writing essays: he got top grades in almost all of his school exams (art was the exception). Then he gained a first class degree from Manchester University, and a master’s with distinction and a PhD from the University of Leeds.
Why include all of these academic credentials? Dr Radice wouldn’t want you to think that he is criticising modern education just because he has sour grapes. He did very well out of it, and lots of people patted him on the back over the years for being such a high achiever.
And yet, however many certificates Dr Radice accumulated, the education he received was fragmentary and unsatisfactory in so many ways. He never had to memorise a single poem. He did not learn to be polite or grateful. In many ways, he was an over-educated barbarian. In his work for the Inspiration Trust, he is hoping, in some small way, to begin rebuilding the civilisation which has been so recklessly demolished in recent years, and which he is only just beginning to discover for himself.
In carrying out this mission, Dr Radice feels he is continuing, in his humble way, the work of his grandmother Betty Radice, who realised that people were struggling to understand many things they read because of their ignorance of classical literature and history. So she wrote Who’s Who in the Ancient World to help out these poorly educated moderns.