A century of education

Schooling is a country's greatest company and crucial shared event of these who dwell in it. A Century of schooling presents an obtainable, authoritative and engaging evaluate of the function and nature of schooling within the 20th century. Eminent historian of schooling, Professor Richard Aldrich has assembled a group of members, all famous specialists of their respective fields, to check the successes and screw ups of schooling within the final century and to seem ahead to the following. A succinct assessment of 20th century social, monetary, political and highbrow advancements within the first bankruptcy is by way of chapters on ten key issues. each one bankruptcy has 4 sections: a assessment of the tutorial state of affairs in 2000; an analogous evaluate in 1900; alterations and continuities through the century; and a end reviewing the teachings for at the present time and the next day to come. this can be a paintings of knowledge, interpretation and reference, which demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of schooling through the 20th century and identifies academic priorities for the 21st. For a person drawn to what has turn into an important factor of our time, this certain publication is determined to develop into a vintage textual content.

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28. 2 For example, an account of a disillusioned teacher of infants: H. Wilce, ‘I Quit’, Times Educational Supplement, 9 March 2001. 3 Times Educational Supplement, 23 March 2001. 4 Board of Education, Report of the Consultative Committee on the Primary School, London, HMSO, 1931; Board of Education, Report of the Consultative Committee on Infant and Nursery Schools, London, HMSO, 1933. 5 C. D. Bramwell, Elementary School Work 1900–1925, Durham, University of Durham Institute of Education, 1961; I.

Comparing the classroom of 2000 with that of 1975 a proliferation of information technology might appear the most striking feature. Over the past 25 years the microcomputer has become central to learning activity in the primary school. Desktop computers, laptops and palmtops as part of the classroom furniture, sometimes a separate computer suite, and children regularly engaged on the Internet, are an increasingly common sight. Teachers have become managers not only of children but also of complex technical resources.

1 From this account it would appear that professional culture took a sudden turn, fired by enthusiasm for government strategies which at last solved the problem of how to teach. Historians may reserve their judgement on this narrative of ‘transformation’, but the claim is of interest as evidence of a presumed need to restore public confidence in primary schools through political propaganda, a confidence which political propaganda had in previous years been bent on undermining. 3 This visibility and accountability affects children’s experience of primary education too, currently through increasingly intensive and continuous testing and reporting, and through the ranking of their schools in league tables.

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