'With wit and simplicity, insight and passion, Allen and Ainley illuminate how the promise of "education, education, education" has come to its miserable end- and what can be done to get us out of it' Ken Jones, Head of Education Department, Goldsmiths College, Univ of London www.continuumbooks.com Another ‘Lost Generation’ … Continue reading Lost Generation? New strategies for youth and education – New book by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley
Martin Allen Education for Liberation Journal of the Socialist Teachers' Alliance No 1 April 2010 If Ofsted, SATs, league tables, rising workloads, the never ending culture of target setting and performance management continue to be the most visible shortcomings of New Labour’s ‘standards agenda’, then official statistics showing 950 000 18-24 year olds out of … Continue reading ‘Gissa job’
Concern with promoting social mobility has been central to all Labour governments since the Second World War. However, rates of relative social mobility (when the chances of upward mobility improve for working-class children in relation to middle-/upper-class children who, as Roberts 2009 points out, only exceptionally move downwards) have remained low despite all the changes in education at all levels designed to promote it – not to mention society recently officially becoming a ‘meritocracy’.