The Pendulum Swings: Transforming School Reform

Overview

Since 1988, British education reform has been driven by what Bernard Barker shows to be a delusion. The notion that learning can be improved by five measures: performance tables, competition, poverty denial, best practice recipes and quick leadership fixes has proved to be wholly untrue.

As the pendulum swings towards a general election in 2010, this timely book argues that New Labour’s education policies have become the single biggest obstacle to school improvement. If policy ...

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Overview

Since 1988, British education reform has been driven by what Bernard Barker shows to be a delusion. The notion that learning can be improved by five measures: performance tables, competition, poverty denial, best practice recipes and quick leadership fixes has proved to be wholly untrue.

As the pendulum swings towards a general election in 2010, this timely book argues that New Labour’s education policies have become the single biggest obstacle to school improvement. If policy makers don’t change their thinking completely, schools will be trapped in cycles of perpetual change that lead nowhere.

Discontent with failed, top-down reform and the prospect of political change have created a rare opportunity to reinvent British education policy, and to think afresh about how teachers and children should be encouraged to aim high. The Pendulum Swings explores alternative, genuinely transformative conceptions of leadership and learning and explains how they could become the foundation for a better approach to improving our schools.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858564685
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Barker is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, School of Education, University of Leicester. He headed comprehensive community colleges in Cambridgeshire and Leicester for 19 years and is the author of the acclaimed Transforming Schools – Illusion or Reality?

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Table of Contents

Preface Getting the boys to sing

Ch. 1 Introduction - the dynamics of school reform 1

Ch. 2 Must the disadvantage fail? 19

Ch. 3 Markets and competition 43

Ch. 4 Imagine an end to failure 63

Ch. 5 Bastards and prophets 83

Ch. 6 Best practice 103

Ch. 7 Progressive alternatives 127

Ch. 8 Transforming school reform 149

Notes 173

References 175

Index 189

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