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The function or purpose of education systems has been an issue for debate throughout history, and in particular in modern times, when some forms of education have become compulsory and increasingly funded by public money. The increase in the use of taxation to pay for education naturally leads to a parallel increase in political involvement in not only how education should be resourced, but also how it should be constructed, and what purpose it should have. At the same time as such issues are debated, however, the influence of different political ideologies that are more-or-less publicly espoused or debated also needs to be taken into account.

The educational policies of governments of different political persuasions reflect the ideologies or philosophies that underpin the political parties that ...

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