Education & the Labour Movement 1870-1920 - Brian SimonLondon: Lawrence & Wishart, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier age-toning to the spine.
2nd impression, first edition 1960. Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “This is the second of Brian Simon’s Studies in the History of Education. The first volume, which was widely acclaimed by educationists, examined the development of education in Britain from the first efforts of the scientific societies in the 17805 up to the securing of universal education with the Act of 1870. This new volume traces developments from then up to the passing of a new Education Act at the conclusion of the First World War.
The development of education since 1870 has been marked by the increasing role played by organised Labour in pressing for reform of the system of universal education — opposing class privilege and prejudice, and urging equal opportunities for all. That battle is not yet won: in Education and the Labour Movement, 1870-1920 Brian Simon describes its opening stages. He shows how, with the formation of the Public Schools, and then with the defeat of the School Boards which were trying to improve the opportunities for working-class children, a divided system of education was evolved, in which the few were trained for university entrance and then for the top jobs, while the mass were denied any but an “elementary” education. While Labour opposition to this division was unsuccessful, at the same time many vitally important concessions were won in those years, such as the abolition of school fees and the provision of school meals.
Very interesting chapters are devoted to the effects of British imperialist expansion on educational ideas, and to the developments and conflicts in adult education. This volume, like its predecessor, is of outstanding interest and importance in showing the issues involved in the long struggle for the common right to the best that education can offer.”