This book examines the concepts of equality, class, culture, work and leisure and explores their interrelationship through the discussion of some current problems, especially the problems posed for schools for the ‘culturally deprived.’ The debate about differential provision of schooling for different social groups is taken up through examination of the assumption that schools are middle-class institutions, and the claims and counter claims about the possibility of there being a common culture as the basis for a common curriculum in comprehensive schools. The concept of culture and, especially the meaning of working-class culture receives examination in this context as well as the thesis that any sub-culture constitutes an adequate or valid way of life.
Introduction. 1. Equality and Education. 2. Education and Social Class. 3. Education and the Working Class. 4. Culture and Education. 5. Culture and the Curriculum. 6. Leisure and Vocational Education. Conclusion. Notes. References. Index.
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