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School Wars

(2011)
The Battle for Britain's Education
A non fiction book by

 
The story of the struggle for Britain's schools, and a passionate call for education as a public good.

School Wars tells the story of the struggle for Britain's education system. Established during the 1960s and based on the progressive ideal of good schools for all, the comprehensive system has over the past decades come under sustained attack from successive governments. From the poorest comprehensives to the most well-resourced independent schools, School Wars takes a forensic look at the inequalities of our current system, the damaging impact of spending cuts, the rise of "free schools" and the growth of the private sector in education. Melissa Benn explores, too, the dangerous example of US education reform, where privatization, punitive accountability and the rise of charter schools have intensified social, economic and ethnic divisions. The policies of successive British governments have been muddled and confused, but one thing is clear: that the relentless application of market principles signals a fundamental shift from the ideal of quality education as a public good, to education as market-controlled commodity. Benn ends by outlining some key principles for restoring strong educational values within a fair, non-selective public education system.

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Paperback Editions

October 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
Author(s): Melissa Benn
ISBN: 1-84467-091-0 / 978-1-84467-091-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
Author(s): Melissa Benn
ISBN: 1-84467-736-2 / 978-1-84467-736-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verso Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

November 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
Author(s): Melissa Benn
Publisher: Verso
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: School Wars: The Battle for Britain's Education
Author(s): Melissa Benn
Publisher: Verso
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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