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Education and the Struggle for Democracy: The Politics of Educational Ideas Paperback – 1 Mar 1996
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"There have been a few fine books already on this topic...but damned few, and none with the calm detestation of this one with its long, careful historiography, the noble reclamation of the vocabulary of T H Green and R H Tawney, the steadiness once more to use such terms as equality, dignity, and the good society." - T.E.S. "Whatever the route, the debate Carr & Hartnett wishto promote can be welcomed." - British Educational Research Journal
This book proposes that a democratic educational vision can only effectively be advanced by renewing the 'struggle for democracy' - the historical struggle to create forms of education which will empower all citizens to participate in an open, pluralistic and democratic society.See all Product description
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5 August 2011
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This book might appear to be out of date given the year - but its an absorbing take on many of the key educational questions. If you are interested in the relationship between democracy and education then you should read this book.
4 September 1999
Carr and Hartnett have produced a well-researched volume which does not intend to answer the serious educational questions that they pose. Rather they challenge teachers, educationalists and politicians to consider the dramatic changes in education over recent years which may have jeopardised democratic values in Britain. In tracing the battle of ideas both within and between political parties they have been able to spotlight how vulnerable education is as an election tool and how vulnerable the teaching profession is to accusations of providing irrelevant and 'progressive' subjects. The seemingly endless English pre-occupation between what is education and what is training; what is relevant for work and what is relevant for life is covered with passion. History and tradition are important in English schooling and the authors have covered significant decisions and legislation with skill to paint an interesting and readable account of why we have our present institutional and educational structure. This is a thought-provoking and essential book for people who believe in democratic values.