on 7 October 2010
This is an accessible and well written analysis of education policy in the UK over the last 100 years. It provides a searing indictment of the mess that politicians of all parties have made of education provision in general. It details the damaging effect of their various interventions in curriculum and exposes the thin gruel of the educational diet to which so many of our children have been exposed. The vested interest of the ruling elite in protecting private education is exposed. We have allowed education to become a commodity. The value of this commodity is measured by the extent to which is enables the rich to buy competitive advantage for their children at the expense of the rest of society. It is shaming. The adoption of creative approaches to teaching and learning proposed in the book continue to be seen as eccentric behaviour within our schools. The way we train our teachers, design our schools and measure and compare achievement between children is designed to promote conformity and strategic rather than deep learning. How the UK establishment thinks it will develop a competitive economy based on current educational practice is a complete mystery to me.