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ERIC Number: EJ820169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0962-0214
The "New" Politics of Education in Britain's Changing Times
Demaine, Jack
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v15 n2 p115-128 Jul 2005
The British Labour Party has continued to make progress on education, following two broad policy paths and adopting a pragmatic approach that does not attempt to force these to cross or converge. One path is that of the quasi market inherited from the previous Conservative administration; the other is characterised as "intervention" to support those for whom the market remains almost entirely irrelevant. Some observers regard this dual approach as "opportunism" and Labour's education policy as a "betrayal" of principle, by which is meant the principle of "equal opportunity". Of course, that principle provides equal opportunity to fail as much as to succeed. Rather than leaving education to the market, Labour has focused on the needs of those most likely to be failed by the principle of "equal" opportunity in a quasi market. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom