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The place of the school in the 21st century

The place of the school in the 21st century

Keys Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • the real purposes of education
  • how formal education might change to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century
  • some alternative approaches.


Although society has changed enormously since the UK commitment to national provision of education in 1870, in general the pace of change in schools has not mirrored these developments. It is odd to think that a ‘visitor’ from a school of the 1880s would be most amazed and probably overwhelmed by advances in transport and certainly by technology, yet the schools of today could possibly provide one of the more easily recognisable contexts. Some of the actual buildings are still in ...

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