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The Truth About Our Schools: Exposing the Myths, Exploring the Evidence

by Melissa Benn and Janet Downs - £16.99  Taylor & Francis Ltd (Routledge) (2016)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781138937178 | ISBN 10: 1138937177

Opinions about comprehensive education are often made into easy-to-swallow sound-bites by media and politicians alike and whilst the benefits of a genuinely comprehensive education for all pupils are obvious, untruths have unwittingly evolved into hard facts. Based on Melissa Benn and Janet Downs’ work as part of the pioneering Local Schools Network, The Truth About Our Schools calls for us to urgently and articulately challenge unquestioned myths about state education. Benn and Downs have meticulously built an argument for its still enormously vital role, and rigorously challenge assumptions that:
 
* Comprehensive education has failed
* Local authorities control and hold back schools
* Choice, competition and markets are the route to educational success
* Choice will improve education in England: the free school model.
* Academies raise standards
* Teachers don’t need qualifications
* Private schools have the magic DNA
Progressive education lowers standards
 
Anyone who thinks that comprehensive education cannot deliver, that local authorities are the chief block to improving our school system, that competition and markets are the route to educational success and that private schools hold the magic DNA that can simply be transferred to other state schools will have their beliefs shaken by this blisteringly incisive book.

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