"This volume arises in consideration of over ten years of the British New Labour government and its education policy around the time of the leadership change from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown and its emergent aftermath. Set against the changing political and economic contexts of the British state's responses to global and neo-liberal pressures, the chapters report and discuss specific aspects of education policy and practices. Central themes include: capitalization and increasing corporate involvement; knowledge economy and its impact in higher education; emergent new public management in Further Education sector; changing forms of school governance; the Academies' policy; changing curriculum and neo-liberal erosions; education, human capital and prospects for radical alternatives; education policy and race policy; gender and class. The book marks a timely contribution to Marxist analysis and left critical assessment and is the first such collection addressing New Labour education policy. The volume will be of interest to scholars and education critical activists across the Anglo-Saxon academic community in UK; USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and more generally to those concerned with the deflection of progressive aspirations for education into conservative directions and structures"-- Provided by publisher.
"Providing an overview and Marxist assessment of Tony Blair and New Labour's UK education policies, structures, and processes, the contributors in this exciting new collection discuss specific aspects of education policy and practices. This examination is set against the changing political and economic contexts of the British state's responses to global and neo-liberal pressures. Central themes include: New Labour and the education market state; New Labour, education, and ideology; and totality and open Marxism. Green's work marks a timely contribution to Marxist analysis and Left critical assessment and is the first such collection addressing New Labour education policy"-- Provided by publisher.