Education and Economic Decline in Britain, 1870 to the 1990s

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For many years, British scientific and technical education has been regarded as inadequate and poor in comparison to competing countries. The deficiencies of the British education system and its failure to support and promote vocational education and training to create "human capital" in the labor force have been seen as a large factor in Britain's economic decline since the 1870s. Michael Sanderson examines education's supposed part—or not—in this decline and focuses on those issues where education has been seen to fail the needs of the economy.

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"Sanderson's book provides an excellent overview of educational developments as they relate to the economy in Britain between 1870 and the present." David Mitch, EH.NET
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Table of Contents

Glossary and abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Literacy and schooling, 1870-1914 3
2 Was technical education to blame? 14
3 The counterarguments 26
4 The education of the elite, 1870-1914 40
5 Missed opportunities, 1914-1944 55
6 Post-war decline - the betrayed teenager? 74
7 Higher education and the public schools - privilege and relevance 92
Conclusion 105
Bibliography 108
Index 118
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