Friday, September 17, 2010

Education, education, education!

. . . or so was a major plank of New Labour. I've been convinced I should purchase Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching: From Political Visions to Classroom Realities by John Bangs, John MacBeath, and Maurice Galton found here. The book's blurb is:

"What lessons can we learn from the relationship between policy-makers and schools over the life of the ‘New’ Labour and its predecessor Conservative government? What happened to ‘Education, Education, Education’ as it travelled from political vision to classroom practice? What are the lasting legacies of 13 years of a reforming Labour government? And what are the key messages for a coalition government?

These are the questions addressed to the architects of educational reform, their critics and the prophets of better things to come. The 37 interviewees include ministers past and present, journalists, union officials, members of lobby groups and think tanks. Reinventing Schools, Reforming Teaching considers the impact of educational policies on those who have to translate political priorities into the day to day work of schools and classrooms. The authors argue that an evidence-informed view of policy making has yet to be realised, graphically illustrating how many recent political decisions in education can be explained by the personal experiences, predilections and short-term needs of key decision-makers."

The BBC also has run a story on it here well worth reading as well.

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