I was a late entrant into teacher training when I went college in 1962. The Beatles were heading to the top, Lady C had been published with the 'f' word restored, there was an intoxicating sense of freedom in the air.
Also, in 1962 the post-war welfare state and the power of the unions seemed to have created a more egalitarian society.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and no could have predicted Thatcherism, but, in fact, what was to happen - IMHO - was a marriage of Thatcherite 'no such thing as society' neoliberalism with corporate consumerism. The "I want it all, I want it now" dystopia was born.
Meanwhile, the Miners' Strike fatally weakened the unions and jobs started to be shipped out to the Far East.
During Thatcher's time a mood of depression started to appear in the schools; a realisation that prospects had been fatally weakened.
And so it has turned out.
A nation without prospects, and now - as we saw in the World Cup bid - largely without friends, is heading down the tubes.
Be warned: what the neoliberals enjoy most is seeing their victims squabble among themselves.
Read the Washington Consensus, and realise who is your enemy: the corporate state, the one with the revolving door to corporate capital, whose servant it is.