Ted Wragg is dead

by Harry on November 11, 2005

Ted Wragg is dead, aged 67. Guardian obituary is here. I never met Ted, only once spying him across the table at a long meeting, but I read his columns in the TES from my early teens, and was always struck by the nice combination of ironic humour and passionate concern. He was prolific and energetic, funny (he sometimes contributed jokes for Bremner, and the News Huddlines) and always ready to puncture the presumptions of the powerful. The obit says that an email address has been set up for messages of condolence at education@exeter.ac.uk
I know one should not speak ill of the dead, but I suspect he is one of the culprits (along with others I shan’t mention) for the tendency of education policymakers and even academics in the UK to indulge in excessive football analogies. A very sad loss.



Anita Hendersen 11.12.05 at 12:32 am

Peter Drucker is also dead. Died today. One of the most influential thinkers of the second half of the 20th Century.


Chris 11.14.05 at 9:46 am

Ted Wragg – hastened the decline of UK educational standards.

Peter Drucker – hastened the rise of meaningless management-speak.

Sorry, but good riddance to both.


Simstim 11.14.05 at 12:19 pm

Crikey, I didn’t know that Chris Woodhead posted to CT!?!


Angela Garry 11.14.05 at 4:14 pm

Professor Ted Wragg

Some of the best / funniest /most interesting education lectures at St Luke’s were given by Professor Ted Wragg, who died last week (Thursday 10th November, 2005).

Rest in peace, Ted. Your tales will not be forgotten.

The University’s page on Ted Wragg is here.

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