What unites the contributors to this book is an opposition to Thatcherite policies on education and an agreement upon the need for the development of democracy in education. This volume highlights the importance of an area of neglected theoretical and practical concern: the development of a critique of the philosophy and policies of the new Right, and of credible alternative policies.
Table of Contents
1. Education and the Working Class: A Cause for Concern Phillip Brown. 2. Traditions of Socialism and Educational Policy Hugh Lauder. 3. Democracy and Fraternity: Towards a New Paradigm for the Comprehensive School Michael Fielding. 4. Costing Democracy: Schooling, Equality and Democracy in Sweden Stephen J Ball. 5. The Idea of a Socialist Education Colin Lacey. 6. Education, Production and Reform Robert Moore. 7. A Socialist Education for Girls Ann Marie Wolpe. 8. Towards a Democratic Science Education Alison Kelly. 9. Body Matters: Towards a Socialist Physical Education John Evans. 10. The Playground Project: A Democratic Learning Experience Patricia White. 11. Democratic Renewal in Schools: A Place for Socio-Technical Change Martin Lawn. 12. Youth Training and the Manpower Services Commission: Possibilities and Limitations. Shane J Blackman.
‘Makes an original contribution to educational understanding, and presents its evidence with human generosity and great complexity of detail.’ Observer
‘A brilliant study of the effect of a grammar-school education on working-class children and their families.’ New Statesman
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