When first published this book had a significant influence on the campaign for comprehensive schools and it spoke to generations of working-class students who were either deterred by the class barriers erected by selective schools and elite universities, or, having broken through them to gain university entry, found themselves at sea. The authors admit at the end of the book they have raised and failed to answer many questions, and in spite of the disappearance of the majority of grammar schools, many of those questions still remain unanswered.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures. Foreword. Acknowledgements. Part 1. 1. Introduction. 2. Ten Middle-Class Children. 3. Working-Class Families. 4. Eighty-Eight Working Class Children. 5. Men and Women. Part 2. 6. Some Notes on State Education and Working-Class Life. Appendices. 1. Further Research. 2. Further Reading. Index.
‘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
‘Deserves the most careful study by politicians, administrators, teachers and parents’ Sunday Times