Miseducation: inequality, education and the working classes. Diane Reay (Policy Press, 2017)
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Education is and always has been a deeply contested space. Historically the preserve of the rich, where the masters (and it was primarily men) of the universe acquired the skills needed to continue domination be it in the colonies or the preservation of privilege at home. The gradual inclusion of the working classes towards the end of the 19th century was granted reluctantly and conditionally. As Reay points out ‘ From the conception of state- supported working- class education the system was designed to provide an inferior education, producing different educational opportunities appropriate to one’s station in life’ (op cit: 30 my emphasis). It is these three keywords, ‘inferior’, ‘different’ and ‘appropriate that informed my analysis of Diane Reay’s ‘Miseducation: Inequality, education and the working classes ( 2017).
The way class works in education shifts and changes over time, but what do not change are the gross inequalities that are generated through its workings (Reay 2017, p. 8).
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