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The education debatePolicy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century$
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Stephen J. Ball

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349200

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.001.0001

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Current key issues: forms of policy and forms of equity

Current key issues: forms of policy and forms of equity

(p.153) 4 Current key issues: forms of policy and forms of equity
The education debate

Stephen J. Ball

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This chapter addresses those aspects of current policy that relate, directly or indirectly, to issues of social equity in education. It focuses on the issue of equity and policy by looking at performance and participation in education in relation to ‘race’, gender, and social class; the emphasis given to the moral responsibilities of parenting and the problem of social exclusions; and the school policies of academies and trusts as ‘solutions’ to underachievement in socially disadvantaged areas.

Keywords:   social equity, education, race, gender and class, responsibilities of parenting, social exclusions, school policies, academies and trusts, solutions to underachievement, socially disadvantaged areas

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