Space for Idealism?: Politics and Education in the UK

Woods, Philip A. (2002). Space for Idealism?: Politics and Education in the UK. Educational Policy, 16(1) pp. 118–138.

URL: http://epx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/16/1/1...

Abstract

This article discusses the political changes that have occurred in the United Kingdom during the past quarter century. Education as an electoral issue is placed in the context of the political philosophies of the Conservative and Labour governments and the move from a predominantly neo-liberalism focus to a third way approach. Some of the focal ideas and inherent tensions and problems of the latter as developed by Labour are examined. It is suggested that despite these, it is possible to discern in this latest phase of the long dialogue between politicians and people the revitalization of ideals that have persisted in an evolving tradition of political liberalism that began with 19th-century British Idealism.

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