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Parity and Prestige in English Secondary Education. A Study in Educational Sociology


reviewed by George Z. F. Bereday 1956

coverTitle: Parity and Prestige in English Secondary Education. A Study in Educational Sociology
Author(s): Olive Banks
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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One of the important results of the policy of equalization in English education has been the growing understanding that educational reforms are not simply a matter of legislation, or even of the will of political majorities, but inevitably depend in substantial measure upon social traditions. In a country where on one side there is a tendency to take for granted the power of the law to do anything, while on the other it is still "impolite" to talk in terms of social distinctions, Dr. Banks's book exemplifies the growing appreciation of this educational dependence. The author's central thesis is unassailable. She has set out to "understand the impact on the educational system of forces of a primarily sociological nature," and she has isolated for examination the social forces which hurt most, namely the differential prestige patterns that permeate English schools. By concentrating on the national schools, especially the grammar schools, she... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 57 Number 5, 1956, p. 338-338
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4649, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 6:02:51 PM

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