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ERIC Number: EJ969362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0963-8253
Putting the Alternative Case: A Twenty-First-Century Vision for England's Schools
Benn, Melissa
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, v54 n1 p17-21 2012
In September 2011, the author published "School Wars: the battle for Britain's education." Since then she has been travelling around the country engaging in intense debates with parents, teachers, politicians and students about the current state of state education. It has been an interesting experience for it has brought her, a passionate believer in comprehensive schools, face to face with the most serious critics: from the pro-grammar lobby to the leading players in the powerful private school sector to the leaders of the emerging semi privatised chains. It has also put her in touch with a wide cross-section of the general public. In the process, it has given her a few ideas as to how this debate might be taken forward. In this amended version of a talk given by the author to the "Caught in the Act" Conference on 19 November 2011, she discusses the urgent need for a modern, more sophisticated education system, based on the principles of public service, not private interests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)