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Discovering child povertyThe creation of a policy agenda from 1800 to the present$
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Lucinda Platt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345837

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345837.001.0001

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Workers of the future: the education of children

Workers of the future: the education of children

(p.45) Four Workers of the future: the education of children
Discovering child poverty

Lucinda Platt

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the arguments that are presented in favour of the introduction of state education, governments' tardiness in responding to them, and the consequences of the ultimate introduction of state education from 1870. It observes while the conditions stemming from lack of education may be subject to empirical investigation, it is not possible to conceive of a piece of large-scale survey research that could demonstrate the need for state education in its absence. It notes that school is not simply a place where skills are acquired; rather, schooling also provides containment, institutionalisation, and the mediation of appropriate forms of knowledge. It observes that it has also been widely regarded as having a religious function in relation to the care of children's souls. It explains that then, as now, therefore, justifications for state involvement or lack of state involvement took place at the level of belief and argument.

Keywords:   state education, survey research, school, containment, institutionalisation, mediation, belief

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