Images of Educational Change

By Herbert Altrichter; John Elliott | Go to book overview

2
How education became nobody's business

BARRY MACDONALD


The New Right Project (1979–1997)

The fragility of British democracy, in the face of dictatorial intent, was the last thing on my mind when, some twenty years ago, I concluded a critical review of the accountability movement with these words: ‘I believe that power over the English school is so effectively distributed that it can only be effectively changed by consent, between legislature and executive, between teacher and pupil, and between school and community’ (MacDonald 1979).

That same year Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to the first of four successive victories in the general election, the last one under John Major after she had been persuaded to step down reluctantly from the leadership. Now we live in a different country, made by Thatcher, maintained with increasing difficulty by Major, inherited by Tony Blair's revamped Labour Party. The spell of Messiah Maggie may be a fading memory, but the wreckage remains. Every state school in England is a testament to her inglorious achievement.

The New Right Project, hatched and honed during her years in opposition, was of course not just about or even mainly about schooling. It was about wealth creation, with redistribution relegated to a drip-down assumption. The strategy was twofold: first, to increase the size of the private sector by the privatization of state assets and responsibilities, and to unfetter it from regulatory constraints (‘rolling back the state’). Second, to curb welfare state expenditure by a combination of internal marketization, more managerial control, contracting out and performance indicators, all of that to be accompanied by an all-out attack on the ‘dependency culture’.

How, one might ask, could she possibly expect to succeed with such a

-20-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Images of Educational Change
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 232

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.