By John Beck, Mary C. Earl

Compliment for First version: "'Key matters in Secondary schooling" addresses the most important cross-curricular matters that are imperative to secondary education within the new millennium. we're convinced that this e-book will make an enormous contribution to the knowledge of latest lecturers as they grapple with concerns that transcend topic barriers and as they discover the elemental matters which have an effect on colleges and teens today."- Donald McIntyre and Mike YoungerThis eagerly awaited moment variation has been totally up-dated and revised with new chapters at the nature and size of intelligence and problems with race and racism in class and society. different chapters addressing the quickly altering international of academic coverage and innovation were considerably rewritten to take account of contemporary advancements and present debates. All individuals write truly and accessibly, with out over-simplifying the complexity of the problems or the price they pose.>

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And crucially, in the light of the discussion in the second section above, the primary purpose of being initiated into all these different forms of knowledge and understanding is not that they will help to pay the rent or create a prosperous economy though they may in fact do so. It is that such an education is worthwhile for its own sake and that it is indispensable if young people are to have any chance of growing up to be seriously thoughtful and autonomous individuals, capable of exercising their own judgement and able to play an active role as democratic citizens.

As Charles Bailey so clearly pointed out, liberal educators 'cannot be held accountable for not satisfying aims, or not The School Curriculum, National Curriculum and New Labour Reforms 21 achieving objectives which are themselves inimical to the purposes of liberal education' (op. , p. 236). Neo-conservative versions of liberal education During the educational debates which surrounded the introduction of the National Curriculum, however, other voices argued strongly for a somewhat different kind of liberal education.

Accountability' refers to the important part that formal assessment plays in evaluating the performance not just of pupils but also of their teachers and schools. Through the processes of recording and reporting, teachers and schools demonstrate their seriousness of purpose - and their success in promoting pupils' learning. The results of public examinations for schools are usually published in local newspapers and, more controversially, scores based on these results, are calculated to provide national and local 'league tables'.

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