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ERIC Number: EJ951418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Markets Are for Commodities, Not Children
Mortimore, Peter
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v53 n3 p339-348 2011
Recent governments have transformed the English education system from an arrangement of local, democratically managed, groups of schools into a market free-for-all in which individual schools compete for pupils, status and resources. Elements of a market exist in the relationship between parents and private schools but much market behaviour is inimical to a fair education system. Successive governments' clumsy attempts "to fix the market" in favour of the schools they have created has led to stressed parents, over-tested pupils and a deeply fractured system. Two simple changes could improve the system: ensuring schools receive balanced intakes of pupils (with all receiving fair shares of those who find learning easy and difficult); and spreading high quality teachers between schools. Ways to achieve these changes are proposed. (Contains 22 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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