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School Wars The Battle for Britain s Education

School Wars  The Battle for Britain s Education Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 9781844677368
Release 2011-11-21
Pages 233
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The story of the struggle for Britain’s schools, and a passionate call for education as a public good. School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain’s education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over the past decades come under sustained attack from successive governments. Now, with the growing inequalities of our current system, the damaging impact of spending cuts, the rise of “free schools” and the growth of the private sector in education, the values embodied in the comprehensive ideal are under threat. The situation is expertly anatomized by journalist and educational campaigner Melissa Benn, who explores the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatization, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions. The policies of successive British governments have been muddled and confused, but one thing is clear: that the relentless application of market principles signals a fundamental shift from the ideal of quality education as a public good, to education as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by outlining some key principles for restoring strong educational values within a fair, non-selective public education system.



School Wars

School Wars Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 1844670910
Release 2012
Pages 251
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School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain's education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over the past decades come under sustained attack from successive governments. From the poorest comprehensives to the most well-resourced independent schools, School Wars takes a forensic look at the inequalities of our current system, the damaging impact of spending cuts, the rise of "free schools" and the growth of the private sector in education. Melissa Benn explores, too, the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatization, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions. The policies of successive British governments have been muddled and confused, but one thing is clear: that the relentless application of market principles signals a fundamental shift from the ideal of quality education as a public good, to education as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by outlining some key principles for restoring strong educational values within a fair, non-selective public education system.



School Wars

School Wars Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 9781844678259
Release 2012-11-13
Pages 276
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School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain’s education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over the past decades come under sustained attack from successive governments. Now, with the growing inequalities of our current system, the damaging impact of spending cuts, the rise of “free schools” and the growth of the private sector in education, the values embodied in the comprehensive ideal are under threat. The situation is expertly anatomized by journalist and educational campaigner Melissa Benn, who explores the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatization, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions. The policies of successive British governments have been muddled and confused, but one thing is clear: that the relentless application of market principles signals a fundamental shift from the ideal of quality education as a public good, to education as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by outlining some key principles for restoring strong educational values within a fair, non-selective public education system.



The Truth About Our Schools

The Truth About Our Schools Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 9781317331766
Release 2015-11-06
Pages 170
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"A superb, crucial, blistering expose of all the myths about our education system that are all too often used to attack it. Melissa Benn again proves why she is one of country's most formidable education campaigners - and why the powerful should fear her. Owen Jones, Guardian columnist and best-selling author Never has it been more urgent to publicise the truth about what works and doesn't work in our education system. Debunking the ideology of marketisation, and exposing the half-truths that pass for objective reporting, Benn and Downs meticulously lay out the evidence: that a national system of comprehensive schools delivers the best outcomes. This hugely important book should be required reading for each new Education Secretary. Caroline Lucas, MP Opinions about comprehensive education are often made into easy-to-swallow sound-bites by media and politicians alike and whilst the benefits of a genuinely comprehensive education for all pupils are obvious, untruths have unwittingly evolved into hard facts. Based on Melissa Benn and Janet Downs’ work as part of the pioneering Local Schools Network, The Truth About Our Schools calls for us to urgently and articulately challenge unquestioned myths about state education. Benn and Downs have meticulously built an argument for its still enormously vital role, and rigorously challenge assumptions that: Comprehensive education has failed Local authorities control and hold back schools Choice, competition and markets are the route to educational success Choice will improve education in England: the free school model. Academies raise standards Teachers don’t need qualifications Private schools have the magic DNA Progressive education lowers standards Anyone who thinks that comprehensive education cannot deliver, that local authorities are the chief block to improving our school system, that competition and markets are the route to educational success and that private schools hold the magic DNA that can simply be transferred to other state schools will have their beliefs shaken by this blisteringly incisive book. .



What Should We Tell Our Daughters

What Should We Tell Our Daughters Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 9781848546295
Release 2013-09-26
Pages 352
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We have reached a tricky crossroads in modern women's lives and our collective daughters are bearing the brunt of some intolerable pressures. Although feminism has made great strides forward since our mothers' and grandmothers' day, many of the key issues - equality of pay, equality in the home, representation at senior level in the private, public and political sectors - remain to be tackled. Casual sexism in the media and in everyday life is still rife and our daughters face a host of new difficulties as they are bombarded by images of unrealistically skinny airbrushed supermodels, celebrity role-models who depend on their looks and partners for status, and by competitive social media. The likes of Natasha Walter and Katie Roiphe deal with feminism from an adult point of view, but our daughters need to be prepared for stresses that are coming into play now as early as pre-school. This is a manifesto for every mother who has ever had to comfort a daughter who doesn't feel 'pretty', for every young woman who out-performs her male peers professionally and wonders why she is still not taken seriously, and for anyone interested in the world we are making for the next generation.



Life Lessons

Life Lessons Author Melissa Benn
ISBN-10 1788732200
Release 2018-09-04
Pages 176
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A bold proposal for new thinking on education: the formation of a National Education Service It is time for a radical shake up of the purposes and practices of our education system. Melissa Benn is one of the most clear sighted and vocal campaigners for improving our schools. She shows here how we need to rethink education for life. As more and more of us live and work longer than ever before, a National Education Service should, like the NHS, be the framework that ensures a life-long entitlement for all, from early years provision to apprenticeships, universities and adult education. Like the NHS, it should be free at the point of delivery. The purpose of learning is not solely to pass exams but to prepare for living in the world; citizens of the future will need to develop their imaginations as well as their intellects, to be at ease with both knowledge and uncertainty. Life Lessons sets out a radical agenda for how we make education for all, and make it relevant to the demands of 21st century. This requires a deep-rooted, long-term vision of the role of learning in our society, one that is ready to take on the challenges of a new century and be part of a wider shift towards greater equality.



Trivium 21st Century

Trivium 21st Century Author Martin Robinson
ISBN-10 178135054X
Release 2013
Pages 268
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Lessons from the Middle Ages to prepare young people for the 21st century.



Education Education Education

Education  Education  Education Author Andrew Adonis
ISBN-10 9781849544542
Release 2012-09-04
Pages 304
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Tony Blair said his three priorities were Education, Education, Education. Andrew Adonis played a decisive role in turning this slogan into a reform programme. This book describes his quest to transform England's schools and his ambition to make English education truly world class. The reinvention of the comprehensive school was the key. Comprehensives were replaced with academies - a radically new form of independent state school characterised by strong leadership and an ethos of aspiration, success and social mobility. Adonis tells the story of academies, from the germ of a reform idea in the late 1990s to the national movement for educational transformation they have become today. And he sets out a new reform manifesto: to make teaching the foremost profession in the country and to break down the Berlin Wall between private and state schools.



Education under siege

Education under siege Author Peter Mortimore
ISBN-10 9781447311317
Release 2013
Pages 313
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Students are tested rather than educated, teachers bullied rather than trusted, parents cast as winners or losers in a battle for places at the best schools.



Education in Britain

Education in Britain Author Ken Jones
ISBN-10 9781509505234
Release 2016-01-27
Pages 296
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In the decades after 1944 the four nations of Britain shared a common educational programme. By 2015, this programme had fragmented: the patterns of schooling and higher education in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England resembled each other less and less. This new edition of the popular Education in Britain traces and explains this process of divergence, as well as the arguments and conflicts that have accompanied it. With a reach that extends from the primary school to the university, and from culture to politics and economics, Ken Jones explores the achievements and limits of post-war reform and the egalitarian aspirations of the 1960s and 1970s. He registers the impact of the Thatcherite revolution of the 1980s, and of the New Labour governments which were its inheritors. Turning to the twenty-first century, Jones tracks the educational consequences of devolution and austerity. The result is a book which is more attentive than any other to the ever-increasing diversity of education in Britain. This comprehensive and accessible overview will have a wide appeal. It will also be an invaluable resource on courses in educational studies, teacher education and sociology.



The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Psychology of Education

The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Psychology of Education Author Harry Daniels
ISBN-10 0415327687
Release 2004
Pages 348
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The editors of this essential Reader recognise the valuable and varied benefits of connecting the two fields of education and psychology, and have carefully selected contributions to reflect current trends in the subject and examples of how knowledge has an impact on practice. This lively and authoritative book features sections on topics as varied as: * assessment * language * motivation * cognition and development * intelligence * memory * special educational needs Psychology and education have an entwined relationship, but one that is often complex and delicate. Day-to-day pressures of classroom life may often result in the negligence of the importance of child development. It is therefore crucial for students and practitioners to keep abreast of recent educational changes, which raise new questions for educational psychology. With a specially written introduction from the editors, providing a much-needed context to the current education climate, students of educational psychology will find this Reader an important route map to further reading and understanding.



Teaching English

Teaching English Author Susan Brindley
ISBN-10 0415102510
Release 1994
Pages 278
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The place of English in the secondary curriculum has been the subject of intense debate in the general media as well as in education circles. This reader addresses the key issues of that debate in a way that is both accessible and lively. Separate sections cover the historical background to the debate, including the major teaching areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing, assessment and the professional development of teachers within the subject. Specially commissioned articles look at some of the most controversial issues in the subject--for instance the place of grammar and the centrality of literature in the curriculum. Novice English teachers will find this book an invaluable introduction to the complexities of their subject. For their more experienced colleagues, this text will be an invaluable way to keep up to date with current thinking.



The Restless School

The Restless School Author Roy Blatchford
ISBN-10 9781909717077
Release 2014-02-01
Pages 144
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What is the cocktail of successful schools and their leaders? They are restless. There is a paradox at their core: they are very secure in their systems, values and successes, yet simultaneously seeking to change and improve. These schools look inwards to secure wise development; they look outwards to seize innovation which they can hew to their own ends and, importantly, make a difference to the children and students they serve. This book is written with the certainty that whatever the quality of an education system and its schools at a given point in time, we shall strive to improve them, in the knowledge that perfection lies just around the corner. That is the human condition. That is the international imperative. That is the restless school. What is the cocktail of success in memorable classrooms and great schools? What powers the engine of The Restless School? Should we judge schools by their values added or their value-added? Why do schools falter and fail? What might Excellence As Standard look like across global school systems? What does the 21st century have in store for schools and school leaders? Rooted in the experience of decades of education leadership, Roy Blatchford answers these key questions as schools everywhere seek to be world-class.



The education debate Third Edition

The education debate  Third Edition Author Stephen J. Ball
ISBN-10 9781447339304
Release 2017-07-21
Pages 272
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Education policy is hard to keep track of... a problem that this book solves. In this updated edition, Ball examines new areas of focus, including the increased interest of business in education and the impact of austerity and precarity.



Negotiating Neoliberalism

Negotiating Neoliberalism Author Tim Rudd
ISBN-10 9789463008549
Release 2017-01-28
Pages 210
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"Following the financial crises in 2007, we have seen the intensification of neoliberal policies in education, with radical and potentially irrevocable shifts in the educational landscape, promoted under the auspices of ‘austerity’. This book highlights the central features of neoliberal education policies, their origins, recent developments and also their inherent weaknesses and flaws. It provides insights into the day to day realities and negative impacts of recent policies on the professional practice and work of educators, demonstrating how the changing conditions have led to de-professionalisation, alienation and a loss of professional autonomy and identity. The book also provides a set of accounts that detail the new realities emerging as a result of ‘austerity’ policies and questions the degree to which austerity has actually been developed as an ideological ‘cover story’ for the further monetisation and privatisation of public services. The various chapters challenge the common assumption that the neoliberal project is a monolithic orthodoxy by highlighting its complexities, variations and contradictions in the ways policies are refracted through action and practice in different contexts. The book also challenges the common assumption that there are no viable alternatives to neoliberal education policies, and does so by presenting a range of different examples, theoretical perspectives, discourses and alternative practices. It is argued that such alternatives not only highlight the range of different approaches, choices and possibilities but also provide the seedbed for a reimagined educational future. The authors offer a range of conceptual and theoretical insights and analyses that highlight the weaknesses and limitations inherent within the neoliberal education project and also illustrate the dangers in following the prevailing hegemonic discourse and trajectories. It is postulated that alternative educational approaches warrant greater and urgent attention because history suggests that rather than having weathered the recent economic crisis, we may well be witnessing the long tail of decline for the neoliberal project.This book will be useful for educators, researchers, students and policy makers interested in the detrimental effects of neoliberal education, the range of viable alternatives, and the routes to resistance and ways of reimagining alternative educational futures."



Learning Teaching From Teachers Realising The Potential Of School Based Teacher Education

Learning Teaching From Teachers  Realising The Potential Of School Based Teacher Education Author Hagger, Hazel
ISBN-10 0335202926
Release 2006-10-01
Pages 203
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This volume explores the implications of different approaches to helping student teachers to learn from practising teachers. It puts particular emphasis on an approach based on research into that expertise and designed to give student teachers access to it.



Britain s War Into Battle 1937 1941

Britain s War  Into Battle  1937 1941 Author Daniel Todman
ISBN-10 9780190621803
Release 2016-09-07
Pages 848
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On June 18th, 1940, invoking their "finest hour," Winston Churchill galvanized his countrymen. Poland and France had fallen. Britain was next. Churchill knew, as now did millions of his countrymen, that their island nation alone faced Nazi Germany, and that soon it would be at the center of the greatest struggle of modern times - a struggle whose outcome was by no means predetermined. Historian Daniel Todman undertakes perhaps the greatest saga of the 20th Century, often told in parts but never as completely as here. A modest-looking box of war medals kept in a desk opens to reveal the full history of Great Britain in the Second World War. Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941 is the first of two volumes in which Todman offers a brilliantly fresh retelling of the Greatest Generation's narrative. Beginning in the pre-war years, when shadows across the Channel were deepening but most of Britain hoped to avoid a second continental cataclysm, it spans the dawning realization of what lay ahead and the massive and profound changes required to get a country at peace onto a war footing. It then covers the failure of appeasement, the invasion of Poland, the "phony war," the fall of France, the miracle of Dunkirk and the pivotal Battle of Britain, the Blitz, and ends with America's entrance into the struggle. The stories of rapid industrialization, social disruption, food rationing, Westminster politics, class snobbery, and the mobilization of a global empire are woven together with the major opening battles to show just how desperately high the stakes of the war were. Todman's epic project does what no other has done, linking economic, strategic, social, cultural, and military history in one compelling narrative. Here, also, are key individuals - the politicians, industrialists, pub owners, housewives, the pilots of the RAF, and the sailors at Dunkirk - caught in the maelstrom that threatened to engulf not just the "scepter'd isle" but the world itself. Colossal in scale and engrossing in detail, Todman's project brings to vivid life the many dramatic and unexpected disruptions that changed the course of the war in ways none at the time could foresee. Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941 offers readers a full account of the entire conflict as it was experienced by all the people of Britain and its Empire.