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By A. Green

Delivering an summary and Marxist review of Tony Blair and New Labour's united kingdom schooling guidelines, constructions, and methods, the individuals during this intriguing new assortment speak about particular facets of schooling coverage and practices.

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As Blair put it in 1995 and 1999, respectively: The determining context of economic policy is the new global market. That imposes huge limitations of a practical nature . . on macroeconomic policies. (Financial Times, 22 May 1995) If the markets don’t like your policies, they will punish you. (Tony Blair, speech to the Economic Club, Chicago, 23 April 1999) Business, for its part, has also wasted few opportunities to remind governments of the situation. The Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) used the occasion of the run-up to the 2001 general election to point out the dangers.

In education, this critique is sustained by the contradiction between academic study at all levels to acquire commodified credentials for heightened selection and the irrelevance of these qualifications to the increasingly evident economic, social, political, and ecological crisis. There are therefore some clear long-term goals that most reformers would agree on. The aim must be to reverse privatisation and instead move education and other (former) public services towards the democratic control of civil society.

YTSs initiated the transition from “lifelong earning” (for men at least) to the “lifelong learning” that followed. To implement YTSs, democratically accountable local authorities were bypassed to give money on a per capita basis to local training agents, in return for enrolling unemployed school leavers. These schemes were intensely unpopular, provoking, in 1985, the largest ever school pupil strike in British history (Allen and Ainley 2007, 56). ). Young people voted with their feet and stayed on in new school sixth forms or migrated to FE colleges.

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