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Workers of the future: the education of children

Lucinda Platt

in Discovering child poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.003.0004
Workers of the future: the education of children

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This chapter outlines the arguments that are presented in favour of the introduction of state education, governments' tardiness in responding to them, and the consequences of the ultimate introduction of state education from 1870. It observes while the conditions stemming from lack of education may be subject to empirical investigation, it is not possible to conceive of a piece of large-scale survey research that could demonstrate the need for state education in its absence. It notes that school is not simply a place where skills are acquired; rather, schooling also provides containment, institutionalisation, and the mediation of appropriate forms of knowledge. It observes that it has also been widely regarded as having a religious function in relation to the care of children's souls. It explains that then, as now, therefore, justifications for state involvement or lack of state involvement took place at the level of belief and argument.

Keywords: state education; survey research; school; containment; institutionalisation; mediation; belief

Chapter.  3726 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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