ISJ November 2017: Book review – Playing with Fire: Embracing Risk and Danger in Schools
Reviewed by John Bastable
‘Playing with Fire’ is a small book with a big message. It is easily read in one sitting and is well worth the effort. The book claims that the education system in the UK has become excessively ‘risk averse’ with children living in a ‘cotton wool environment’ because schools have become increasingly shy of exposing their students to any degree of perceived danger. The purpose behind the book is to challenge this position and by arguing for the benefits of facing risk to encourage educators to step out of their present comfort zone and do something about it.