Two new books on social class

Reviewed by Patrick Ainley for Marx & Philosophy Review of Books http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2015/2127  Erik Olin Wright (2015) Understanding Class. London: Verso. 260 pages. £14.99 pbk. ISBN: 978-1-78168-945-5 Mike Savage (2015) Social Class in the 21st Century. London: Penguin Random House. 449 pages. £6.29 pbk. ISBN: 978-0-241-00422-7 Contradictory class locations? Erik Olin Wright is a US sociologist … Continue reading Two new books on social class

The Coming of Age for FE ?

Patrick Ainley  reviews Ann Hodgson (ed) (2015) The Coming of Age for FE? Reflections on the past and the future role of further education colleges in England. London: Institute of Education Press. £24.99. Pp.223 Clifford P. Harbour (2015) John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education. London: Bloomsbury. £17.99. Pp.178                             Read the Post-16 … Continue reading The Coming of Age for FE ?

Book Review: The People, The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

Patrick Ainley When Eric Hobsbawm asked in 1978 whether the forward march of labour had halted, he was calling attention to a possible political reversal, not bidding Farewell to the Working Class as Andre Gorz did two years later. More recently, Guy Standing in 2011 proposed the birth of The Precariat, a ‘dangerous new class’ … Continue reading Book Review: The People, The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010

The robots are coming? The economic and educational implications of the ‘Second Machine Age’.

Martin Allen   reviews  The  Second Machine Age. Work Progress, and Prosperity in a time of Brilliant Technologies Erik Brynjolfsson and   Andrew McAfee’s   The Second Machine Age ( Norton  2014,  ISBN  978-0-393-23935-5 ),  is  an important contribution to the  debate about the effects of  technological change on the workplace and the changing shape of the occupational structure. Advances … Continue reading The robots are coming? The economic and educational implications of the ‘Second Machine Age’.

Book Review: Baker’s proposals are not a real alternative to Gove.

Kenneth Baker’s 14-18 A New Vision for Secondary Education was published earlier this year, as Michael Gove’s offensive on the secondary curriculum continued unabatedly.  Concerned about how the emphasis on Ebacc subjects  would marginalise  vocational learning  and openly critical of Alison Wolf’s proposal that vocational options should be restricted to 20% of the Key Stage … Continue reading Book Review: Baker’s proposals are not a real alternative to Gove.

Book Review Michael Apple

POST-16 EDUCATOR: ISSUE 73   www.post16educator.org.uk  SOCIETY HAS TO CHANGE EDUCATION BUT HOW? Asks Patrick Ainley in a review of Michael Apple’s Can Education Change Society? (Routledge 2013, 9780415875332, pp.188, £23.99) that revisits some of the previous discussion in PSEs 71 & 72 over education and social control Michael Apple disarmingly answers the perennial question of his title … Continue reading Book Review Michael Apple