Education inequality essay

Education inequality essay - Nghia Nguyen 3rd essay topic...

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Nghia Nguyen 3 rd essay topic: How far have successive governments removed disparities in educational provision across Britain since 1944? Since the late 1940s, the British government fully aware that education plays a major role in improving national economy. As DfEE (department for Education and Employment) pamphlet put it: “Investment in learning in the 21 st century is the equivalent of investment in the machinery and technical innovation that was essential to the first industrial revolution. Then it was capital, now it is human capital” 1 . Throughout the post-war period, there were many attempts to reform the British education system. Especially, those children who grew up in the post-war period benefited from the Education Act 1944 and free secondary education for all. Education has been expending both in size and quality and available for everyone. However, education which based on merit-selection (the more able to study is the one can access to higher education, not based on ones background) can’t be handled by the capital market, but need the intervention of federal government. It was widely believed that government has major role to reduce inequality in education. Inequality in education could be include of gender, race, and most important, poverty. Overall, the gap between men and women had vanished; black and Asian people who were Britain-born started to catch up with whites; education opportunities and standard has raised up; but the gap created between the rich and the poor has been claimed wider. Despite of many attempts of policy makers to address inequality in education, it is still unacceptably high. Government even thou had some successes by generally provides free education for everyone until age of eighteen; however has failed to remove disparities in education across Britain. 1
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Nghia Nguyen This paper will discuss the development of education over last fifty years or so, divide into three period: first period since 1944 when first Education Act was introduced to 1979; second period is known as Thatcherism where government under control of conservative from 1979 to 1997; last period is from 1997 to today, under New Labour party. By go through the development of education policies, this paper try to understand why inequality in education is a problem, take a closer look to the government education policies since 1944 and give a general view, explains why has those policies failed to close the widening gap between rich and poor. Education Act 1944 was one of three major social reforms (along with National Insurance Act 1946 and National Health Service Act 1948) which marked the turning points of Britain education history. Because it seemed that, for the first time, “there was a real intention to educate the mass of young people to far higher levels than ever before” 2 . The Act basically made secondary education free for all students. However, this Act also created a system in which children were tested at the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2010 for the course POLITICAL PS260 taught by Professor Craigcobane during the Spring '10 term at Uni. Iceland.

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