The first authoritative survey of the changing politics of the classroom since the Second World War. It charts the process by which society moved away from being one in which teachers decided both the content of the school curriculum and how it would be taught towards the present situation in which a host of external influences dictate the nature of the educational experience.
The book identifies the key social and political developments which made this transformation inevitable and, at the same time, raises the question of how far the loss of control by teachers has also meant a shift away from progressive, child-centred education. Key issues covered include:
This ground-breaking analysis of how we have arrived at the present situation in our schools will be of interest to all students of education and to all those who wish to learn more about the changes that have taken place in our education system over the past sixty years. It helps us understand why they happened and, in so doing, raises profound questions about the aspirations of modern society and the role of the schools in shaping it.
1. Popular Education in England: The Historical Legacy 2. The Post-War Educational Settlement: A Conservative Revolution 3. A Golden Age? The Sixties and Early Seventies 4. 1974-1979: The Teachers Lose Control 5. 1979-1989: A Decade of Change 6. 'Forging a New Consensus in Education': The Implementation of the Education Reform Act 7. 1989-1997 New Labour and the Curriculum since 1997