Government and Education Essay

Government and Education
An analysis of how the Labor and Conservative governments have dealt with the problem of social inequality in relation to education.
# 57050 | 2,531 words | 25 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB

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This paper examines education policy in the United Kingdom from the industrial revolution to the present day. It considers whether it has achieved social equality in education by looking at the introduction of the 11+ system, the introduction of comprehensive schools in the 60's, the major changes in the Thatcher years and the developments of the current Labor government.

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"The Liberal thinking of the Labour government of the 60's lead to the reorganization of schools along comprehensive lines. Comprehensive schools were to take on all students regardless of their ability. At the time this seemed like a very important turning point, before the system was divisive, now all of the students are together. There was a policy shift from equality of access to equality of "outcome" and for the first time, people looked at inequalities in terms of race and education. It was hoped that this system would achieve social equality, as there was a breakdown of class division as you were mixing all the classes in one school. People believed it gave students more opportunity, this emphasized once more by Banks."

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