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 9: Race, Religion and Social Cohesion
Race, Religion and Social Cohesion
Britain is a multicultural, multiracial and multi-faith society. There is a popular view that it has become so because of postwar immigration from the Common wealth countries: Indian, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Hong Kong and nations in Africa. However, Britain's diverse population reaches much further back. Like many countries in Europe its population comprises centuries of migrants: Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Vikings, Normans and Jews. There were black soldiers in the Roman army at Hadrian's Wall. Black people have been resident since the sixteenth century and suffered from early racism when Queen Elizabeth I was said to believe ‘there are of late diverse blackamoores brought into this realme, of which kind of people there are allready ...