By Melissa Benn
School Wars tells the tale of the fight for Britain’s schooling method. verified through the Sixties and in accordance with the revolutionary perfect of fine colleges for all, the excellent process has during the last many years come below sustained assault from successive governments.
From the poorest comprehensives to the main well-resourced autonomous faculties, college Wars takes a forensic examine the inequalities of our present procedure, the dangerous influence of spending cuts, the increase of “free colleges” and the expansion of the non-public zone in schooling. Melissa Benn explores, too, the harmful instance people schooling reform, the place privatization, punitive responsibility and the increase of constitution faculties have intensified social, financial and ethnic divisions.
The guidelines of successive British governments were muddled and burdened, yet something is obvious: that the relentless program of industry ideas indications a primary shift from the precise of caliber schooling as a public solid, to schooling as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by means of outlining a few key ideas for restoring powerful academic values inside a good, non-selective public schooling procedure.