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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.

The Curriculum and State Knowledge
The curriculum and state knowledge
Introduction

This chapter examines the state control of knowledge in the school curriculum. For the first three-quarters of the twentieth century it seemed that what children learned in school was of little interest to politicians or the government. But for the last thirty years the curriculum has become one of the hottest political issues. We look at how the curriculum has changed over the years and why recent governments have made children's knowledge central to government policy.

The Development of the State Curriculum in England
Elementary Schools and the Basics for the Working Class

The first state elementary education in England from 1870 had a closely defined curriculum known as ‘the four Rs’: reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and religion. The curriculum ...

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