New Right and Education

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  • New Right and Education
    • Similarities with functionalism
      • State can't meet people's needs
      • Some naturally more talented
      • Education is meritocratic and should socialise pupils into shared values
      • In 1980s education not achieving this as it was run by the sate who use power to impose their views
      • Local consumers (pupils, parents) have no say
      • When results are poor they are not answerable to their consumers and lower standards of achievement leading to a less qualified workforce
    • Marketisation
      • Schools run like a business
      • Promoting leads to more students leading to more funding
      • Increase choice and competition
      • Schools should have financial control
      • Raise standards
    • Chubb and Moe
      • Look at relationship between autonomy and school effectiveness
      • Autonomy = financial control
      • School effectiveness = better results ad effectiveness
      • Found strong relationship between school organisation type and achievement
      • The more financial control =more effective schools respond to market forces and parental control
    • 2 Important roles for the state
      • Impose framework of schools that they have to compete e.g. Ofsted gives information to parents to make informed choices
      • Ensures schools transmit shared culture e.g. National Curriculum guarantee socialisation into single cultural heritage
    • Gerwitz et al
      • Marketisation benefits MC as have information and resource for choices e.g. moving closer to better school
      • Ensures schools transmit shared culture e.g. National Curriculum guarantee socialisation into single cultural heritage
    • Evaluation
      • Material and cultural capital gives choice
      • Achieved aims of raising standards
      • New Right say should be choice but impose National Curriculum
      • Gives choice

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