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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.

Inequalities and the School System
Inequalities and the school system

This chapter outlines policy on the organisation of schooling from the 1944 Education Act through to the early twenty-first century It covers the introduction of the tripartite system, the development of comprehensive schooling and the marketisation policies of the last two decades which have led to a wide variety of secondary schools in England. The way education is accessed gives students different sorts of educational experiences and different types of options at the end of their schooling. Government policy determines the opportunities made available to young people in school, higher education and employment. But we need to take account of the entrenched inequalities in wider society which affect people's life chances. The concepts of equity, social ...

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