New Right View of Education

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  • New Right View of Education
    • Believe that some people are more naturally talented than others, socialise pupils into shared values/a national identity, be meritocratic and prepare you for work.
    • Argue current system is not doing this because it is run by the state which takes a one size fits all approach - 'consumers' have no say > causing low standards.
      • Solution = marketisation > making schools more competitive for their students - raises standards& creates parentocracy (more parental choice over where children go)
      • AO3:Marxists argue parentocracy = a myth & marketization only benefits the MC, who use cultural + economic capital to get their children into the best state schools (selection by mortgage).
    • CHUBB & MOE: argue in the US, private schools are better than state schools as they are answerable to 'customers' - parents.
      • In state schools, parents should be given a voucher to buy child's education.
        • Schools get money per voucher - more students = more vouchers = more money.
      • The NR argue the state should still have two roles in education
        • 2) Make sure schools transmit a shared culture e.g. through a fixed national curriculum & Christian acts of worship
        • 1) Creating the system for schools to compete: e.g. in England = OFSTED, league tables, formula funding (money per student).
      • AO3:Some argue low standards are due to poor funding of state schools
      • AO3:Some argue teaching only British culture would be ethnocentric & may cause underachievement among ethnic minority students.
    • NR theorists believe in the power of individual choice & prefer this to the state interviewing in people's lives.
      • Also claim that the role of a school should be more like the role of a business and have to compete with one another to attract customers and provide them with the products they want and need.
        • Claim this forces all businesses to continually imorove their standards

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