Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9781447311317 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781447311324 Will Publish October 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Education under Siege

Why There Is a Better Alternative

Peter Mortimore

Peter Mortimore

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

320 pages | 13 tables | 5 x 7 3/4
Cloth $34.95 ISBN: 9781447311317 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781447311324 Will Publish October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
In Education under Siege, Peter Mortimore considers the UK education system as it is and as it might be. Concluding that the United Kingdom has some of the best teachers in the world but one of the most muddled systems, Mortimore proposes radical changes to help all British schools become good schools. He argues that the government should outlaw selection practices, integrate private schools into the state system, and establish processes to ensure that each school has effective teachers and a fair balance of students who learn easily and those who do not. In a concluding call to action, he asks readers who share his concerns to demand that politicians alter the course of education policy.
Francis Becket | New Statesman
“Mortimore, a former director of the Institute of Education in London, has written a short, clear, and luminous book that is devoid of education jargon. . . . Anyone can read and understand it and come away with a much clearer idea of how our school system works.”
Jon Rainford’s Blog
“This is the book I wish I had been told to read at the start of my career in education.” 
The Bookbag
“Lively, authoritative, and thorough” 
Education in England
“An important book which I hope will be widely read by parents, students, teachers, and all those who care about the education of our children. (It would be good if a few politicians read it, too).”
LSE Review of Books
“A commendable contribution . . . [Education under Siege] will hopefully inspire policymakers and politicians.”
Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation
“A thoughtful book focusing on the meaning of education for English society and how it can be improved for all young people based on developments in the Nordic countries.” 
Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation
“A thoughtful book focusing on the meaning of education for English society and how it can be improved for all young people based on developments in the Nordic countries.”
Lejf Moos, President of the European Educational Research Association
“Peter Mortimore has analysed the English education system from ‘buildings’ to ‘Bildung,’ from ‘desirable outcomes’ to ‘democracy,’ and from ‘quality’ to ‘equality.’ He has compared English with Nordic education and thereby been able to identify new weaknesses and strengths and thoughtful and innovative ways forward.”
Melissa Benn, author of School Wars
“An expert voice to be trusted—and enjoyed. If you really want to understand what education is for and how we could create a high quality system, I urge you to read this book.” 
Contents

List of tables

List of abbreviations

About the author

Acknowledgements

Preface

 

1 What is education?

2 Desirable outcomes

3 Intellectual ability

4 Learning

5 Teaching

6 Schools

7 Quality control

8 Strengths

9 Ambiguities

10 Weaknesses

11 How good is the system?

12 A better system?

13 Steps  toward a better system

14 What next?

 

Notes

References

Index

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