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ERIC Number: EJ955143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
School Policy in England and the USA: A Review Essay
Wrigley, Terry
Critical Studies in Education, v53 n1 p109-117 2012
This article presents a review on three books that have been published from positions of considerable authority on educational developments in the USA and England over the past two decades. All of the authors have considerable knowledge, not only of policy making at the top but also of the ways in which this interacts with and impacts upon practice in the schools. The political positioning of the authors varies widely: Diane Ravitch served as President Bush Senior's Assistant Secretary for Education, whereas John Bangs has just retired from many years as the senior official for educational matters of the National Union of Teachers in England and Melissa Benn sits out on the left of, though still within, the British Labour Party. Nevertheless all three, with Bangs' co-authors Macbeath and Galton, share a deep and well-informed anger at what has happened in school policy in their respective countries and a great fear for the future if this policy direction cannot be stopped. The three books provide many policy warnings for other nations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United States