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What effect has two decades of intensive state direction and government involvement had on education?

Designed for Education Studies students who have probably grown up in this context of government intervention, this book deconstructs accepted notions and provides readers with the resources to discuss critically the role of the governments in education and schooling. The book examines government policy in a series of key areas, such as the curriculum, market forces, educational inequality, and race issues. Throughout, it considers the political and economic factors in education policy, introducing some of the fundamental concepts required to analyze the ideologies of education and the state. The authors explore the role of education policy in the context of the general direction of government policy, politics, and the economy, making links with other policy areas such as health, social services, home affairs, and foreign policy. They also explain the nature of government policy in terms of a globalization and the knowledge economy.

Poverty and Social Class: Every Child Matters
Poverty and social class: Every child matters

This chapter explores some of the most intractable issues of government education policy: social class, deprivation and poverty. Child poverty matters: children from poorer homes leave school earlier with fewer qualifications and fewer opportunities. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2007) in its Education and Poverty programme found that economic poverty prevents children from realising their full educational potential. The scale of the problem is illustrated by the following:

3.9 million children – one in three – are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world … The End Child Poverty campaign argues that poverty can have a profound impact on the child, their family, and the ...

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