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Philosophers and Kings examines how the theme of "education for leadership" has developed, changed and declined in English secondary education during the twentieth century. Gary McCulloch examines the contributions of significant educators such as Cyril Norwood, Victor Gollancz and Eric James, and shows how an inherently "elitist" notion could in fact be adapted to form an important part of radical and even socialist educational thought, and share in the discrediting such notions have suffered during the 1980s. In so doing Philosophers and Kings makes an important contribution not only to the educational history of contemporary England, but to our understanding of the manifold cultural changes that have affected English society in the recent past.
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"[Philosophers and Kings] is certainly worth reading purely as educational history. It draws extensively upon little-used Ministry of Education and private papers--including some only recently opened--to analyze shifts in moral and social thinking in the official classes and how these were applied to secondary education...a welcome revivification in the writing of British policy history." Journal of Interdisciplinary HistorySee more reviews
"McCulloch's lucid, readable survey places syllabuses, committees and Government surveys in a broad social and intellectual context." Times Literary Supplement
"[McCulloch's] essay is a provocative contribution to the history of secondary education and to debates that are far from finished." Albion
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- Date Published: April 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521892551
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 155 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
2. An English tradition
3. The end of the old school tie?
4. The ideology of Sir Cyril Norwood
5. The rise and fall of the meritocracy
6. The technocrats
8. Our modern guardians
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