- ix, 220 pages ; 24 cm
- Contents: Education and the crisis -- The political economy of schooling -- The uses of cultural schooling in English schooling -- What about the working class? -- How English is it? -- Schooling and the brave new worlds of work -- The dangerous rise of the creative educational class -- Rethinking educational inequality with Thomas Piketty and friends -- What every educator needs to know about the environment -- Components of a national curriculum.Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This book explores why the educational left in England has failed to develop viable alternatives to the approaches that have dominated educational policy and practice since 1979. At a time when schooling needs an urgent rethink, it offers a fresh set of ideas about the past, present and future of educational change. Linking educational developments with wider shifts in economics, politics and culture, the book draws from debates not just in education but a variety of other disciplines, including media studies, human geography and criminology. Though grounded in the context of English schooling, this book has implications for the study of educational futures in all advanced Western economies.