Education and the Social Order: 1940-1990

Education and the Social Order: 1940-1990

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Apr 1999
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ISBN: 
9780853158837
£25.00

Education and the Social Order examines the changes and developments in the British education system from the Second World War to the eve of the millennium.

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Education and the Social Order examines the changes and developments in the British education system from the Second World War to the eve of the millennium.

Education has always been a battlefield and never more so than in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century. Simon argues that educational policy usually reflects the outcome of a struggle between progressives who see reform as a first step towards social change, and conservatives who prefer a stratified system which reflects existing social divisions.

Beginning with the 1944 Education Act, the book documents the changes that took place as the result of these battles: it begins with the 1944 Education Act and the massive extension of educational opportunity that took place in the postwar period; it then deals with the subsequent prolonged debates about comprehensive education, and other measures of liberalisation during the 1960s and 1970s; and it ends with the years of Conservative government, the 1980s and 1990s, when systematic attempts were made to reverse the advances that had been made during the earlier period.

This is the fourth and final volume in Brian Simon’s series Studies in the History of Education.

Winner of the History of Education Society Prize 1991-92
Winner of the Standing Conference for Studies in Education Prize 1991-92

Brian Simon spent most of his life as Professor of Education at the University of Leicester. He was the foremost educational historian of his generation and a lifelong supporter of comprehensive education.

‘This is a remarkable achievement, an outstanding study which is unlikely to be approached or equalled, let alone surpassed, in the foreseeable future’
Times Higher Educational Supplement.

‘Brian Simon’s book is a towering achievement which threatens to dwarf lesser efforts’
Times Educational Supplement.