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.
Chapter 2: Education in the Marketplace
Education in the Marketplace
The period since the 1988 Education Act has seen a surge of educational change, reform, legislation and government intervention with the government getting its hands on the curriculum, assessment, inspection, childcare and teachers' practice. One feature links all the action by both Conservative and Labour governments: the marketisation of education. This chapter explains what it means for the government to put education into the marketplace and the political thinking behind it. To understand government policy it is necessary to know a little about the economic ideas which politicians hold and the political theory behind those ideas. As we trace the history of the development of education policy we show that what is happening in schools depends on what ...