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

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

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Since the 1870s the British economy has steadily declined from its position as the 'workshop of the world' to that of a low-ranking European power. Michael Sanderson examines the question of how far defects in education and training have contributed to this economic decline. By looking at issues such as literacy, the quality of scientific and technical training, the supposed anti-industrial bias of public schools and the older universities, the neglect of vocational and technical training and the neglect of the non-academic teenager, Michael Sanderson demonstrates that education was far from the sole cause of economic decline, but that its deficiencies have certainly played a part. This book offers an accessible and concise analysis of a topic of current importance, interest and debate and will be of interest to students and teachers of the history of education and its impact on British economic development in the twentieth century.
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' ... this elegantly crafted minature of a book ... [distills] into 107 pages of marvellously lucid, dispassionate and well-organised text the diverse arguments and conflicting evidence on the subject.' The Times Literary Supplement 'This crisply written book clears away much of the myth ... ' The Independent ' ... a superb conspectus ... [Sanderson] deals confidently with basic schooling, craft training, the education of the elite, and university-level education.' Economic History Review
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Introduction; 1. Literacy and schooling; 2. Was technical education to blame?; 3. The counterarguments; 4. The education of the elite, 1870-1914; 5. 1914-44: missed opportunities; 6. Postwar decline: the betrayed teenager?; 7. Higher education and the public schools: privilege and relevance?; Conclusion.
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