New Right & Education Reform Act (Principles of New Right (◾They…
New Right & Education Reform Act
Principles of New Right
◾They believe the state (government) cannot meet people’s needs
◾The most efficient way to meet people’s needs is through the free market – through private businesses competing with each other.
◾Economic growth is an important overall goal – to be achieved by allowing individuals the freedom to compete with each other.
Schools should teach subjects that prepare pupils for work
Hence education should be aimed at supporting economic growth.
state was to provide a framework in order to ensure that schools were all teaching the same thing
transmitting the same shared values
Schools were run like businesses – competing with each other for pupils and parents
given the choice over which school they send their children to rather than being limited to the local school
was also often poor – refer to the HO on Vocational Education
contradiction between wanting schools to be free to compete and imposing a national framework that restricts schools
has been criticised for being ethnocentric and too restrictive on teachers and schools
◾Competition between schools benefitted the middle classes and lower classes
ethnic minorities and rural communities ended up having less effective choice