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on 8 January 2014
Written by an author with a 50 year career in education, this is a sound and concise description of the English schooling system. Mortimore describes the the history, the current structure of our schools and what exactly is taught in them. He then goes on to consider the good points, bad points and finally, what, in an ideal world, could be done to improve education for future generations.
The main failure, as he sees it, is the inequality inherent in the system which means that those who enter it with more will always come out with more. The constant testing of our pupils and, unsurprisingly, the misguided interference of politicians - present and past - also come under some scrutiny.
An invaluable book for anyone who is touched by schooling - pupils, parents, educators and employers.
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on 4 December 2013
This is the best book I have read for twenty years on the relationship between Politics, Society and Education. It should be compulsory reading for all policy makers and policy interpreters (including education journalists).
The best thing about it is that it is almost entirely evidence based, unlike the empty verbiage we get from Gove and his advisors.
It chimes well with my personal observations in many comprehensive schools here and in the Nordic countries, especially Finland.
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on 9 December 2013
A considered account of education in England and thoughtful pointers for improvement. Should be required reading for all involved with schools.
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on 17 April 2016
As I have not read this book in its entirety it get four stars. So far so good and I will update this review one I have read it all and assessed it.
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on 21 January 2015
Really enjoyed the book. Focusing on funny side of education yet so true
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on 8 January 2015
excellent understanding to the current education system in the uk
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