Education under siege

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Policy Press, Sep 23, 2013 - Education - 313 pages
At a time when education is considered crucial to a country’s economic success, recent UK governments have insisted their reforms are the only way to make England’s system world class. Yet pupils are tested rather than educated, teachers bullied rather than trusted and parents cast as winners or losers in a gamble for school places. Education under siege considers the English education system as it is and as it might be. In a highly accessible style, Peter Mortimore, an author with wide experience of the education sector, both in the UK and abroad, identifies the current system’s strengths and weaknesses. He concludes that England has some of the best teachers in the world but one of the most muddled systems. Challenging the government’s view that there is no alternative, he proposes radical changes to help all schools become good schools. They include a system of schools receiving a fair balance of pupils who learn easily and those who do not, ensuring a more even spread of effective teachers, as well as banning league tables, outlawing selection, opening up faith schools and integrating private schools into the state system. In the final chapter, he asks readers who share his concerns to demand that the politicians alter course. The book will appeal to parents, education students and teachers, as well as everyone interested in the future education of our children.
 

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Contents

two Desirable outcomes
13
three Intellectual ability
29
four Learning
45
six Schools
71
seven Quality control
103
nine Ambiguities
133
ten Weaknesses
153
eleven How good is the system?
175
twelve A better system?
201
fourteen What next?
235
References
279
Index
301
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Peter Mortimore has been a teacher, researcher, and administrator in education for nearly fifty years and served as an education columnist for the Guardian.

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