Michele runs two subject-centred Saturday schools for Civitas’ Supplementary Schools Project in Keighley and Bradford, where he teaches English and maths to primary and secondary school pupils.
He has an MA by research in English from Leeds University, with a dissertation on James Joyce’s Ulysses and Petronius’ Satyricon.
A critic of child-centred education, he has written articles for several publications, including the Guardian, Spiked and Culture Wars, and is the author of the chapter on English teaching in The Corruption of the Curriculum.
With the Manifesto Club, Michele campaigns for high standards in education. In September 2008 he launched the Hands Off Poetry! petition against examination board AQA’s ban of Carol Ann Duffy’s poem ‘Education for Leisure’ from the GCSE syllabus.
Michele is the co-organiser of the Leeds Salon which holds public debates on current political and cultural issues.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
What is it to be educated?
The Corruption of the Curriculum (Civitas, 2007)
"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia