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Tackling ignorance, promoting social mobility: education policy 1948 and 2008

Ruth Lupton and Howard Glennerster

in Social Policy Review 21

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423733
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.003.0003
Tackling ignorance, promoting social mobility: education policy 1948 and 2008

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This chapter examines the way in which education policy has attempted to tackle the evil of ‘ignorance’ and promote social mobility, from the perspectives of policy in 1948 and 2008. It points out that the Butler education reforms were among the first raft of legislation which implemented the post-war Beveridge welfare state, and that these reforms were always an uneasy settlement between the public, private and ‘third’ sector of the welfare state. It discusses how developments in 2008 can be seen as part of the ongoing social and political debate in policy and practice about the role of education in promoting equality of opportunity and social mobility: which of course, is not quite the same as tackling ‘ignorance’ per se.

Keywords: education policy; ignorance; social mobility; 1948 and 2008; Butler education reforms; legislation; post-war Beveridge welfare state

Chapter.  6932 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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