|About the book|
During the past decade there has been a series of radical changes to the educational system of England and Wales. This book argues that any serious study of these changes has to engage with complex questions about the role of education in a modern liberal democracy. Were these educational changes informed by the needs and aspirations of a democratic society? To what extent will they promote democratic values and ideals? These questions can only be adequately addressed by making explicit the political ideas and the underlying philosophical principles that have together shaped the English educational system. To this end, the book provides a selective history of English education which exposes the connections between decisive periods of educational change and the intellectual and political climate in which it occurred. It also connects the educational policies of the 1980s and 90s to the political ideas of the New Right in order to show how they are part of a broader political strategy aimed at reversing the democratic advances achieved through the intellectual and political struggles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book proposes that a democratic educational vision can only effectively be advanced by renewing the 'struggle for democracy' - the historical struggle to create forms of education which will empower all citizens to participate in an open, pluralistic and democratic society.
|About the authors|
Anthony Hartnett is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. His previous publications include: The Social Sciences in Education (1984) and (with Michael Naish) Theory and the Practice of Education (1976) and Education and Society Today (1986). He has been European editor of the Journal of Curriculum Studies and is currently an Executive editor of Curriculum Studies.
Wilfred Carr is Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. His previous publications include: Quality in Teaching (1989), For Education (1995) and (with Stephen Kemmis) Becoming Critical (1985). He is currently an Executive editor of Curriculum Studies.
|Table of contents|
Preface and acknowledgements
the politics of educational ideas
Education, politics and society
Democratic theory and democratic education
'Gentling the Masses': the nineteenth century origins of the English education tradition
'Secondary Education for All': the struggle for democratic education in twentieth century England
The battle of ideas and the rise of the New Right coalition in England
The New Right offensive and the demise of democratic education in England
democratic education in the twenty first century
References and Bibliography