Tony Blair’s ‘education, education, education’ slogan placed education at the forefront of the political agenda. But perhaps the ‘politicisation’ of education is part of the problem. Today, education is valued for its potential contribution to economic development, as a central instrument for encouraging social inclusion and mobility but it is no longer considered important for itself. Increasingly, the promotion of education has little to do with the value of learning per se. It has been emptied of its content. A brilliant piece of analysis, this book draws on thinkers from the ancient Greeks to modern critics and sets out what we need from our schools.
Wasted: Why education isn’t educating
WASTED: Why Education isn’t EducatingFrank Furedi 2009, ix + 246pp Price £12.00 (rrp £16.99),