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Lost generation? New strategies for youth and education

Lost generation? New strategies for youth and education Journal of Education Policy Vol. 26, No. 5, September 2011, 729–733 BOOK REVIEWS Lost generation? New strategies for youth and education, by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley, New York, Continuum, 2010, 186 pp., $27.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-14-411-3470-7 The first 100 pages or so of this book paint a convincing, well-documented picture of a public education ‘system’ which, at every stage from secondary schooling through FE to HE and Adult Education, is tearing itself apart, as the people and institutions within it struggle to satisfy the conflicting demands which the powers- that-be, in the form of the government, the media and private employers, keep placing upon it. Much of the ‘system’ either is – or looks set shortly to become – dysfunctional for most of those involved. This picture is especially convincing because, along with an investigation of education policy, the authors include in their analysis areas like employment and housing which both are affected by and themselves affect what goes on in schools, colleges and universities. I disagree with a few specific points made by the authors. On p. 22, for exam- ple, they imply that the Industrial Training Boards effectively ceased to exist in 1972 (too early). On http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Education Policy Taylor & Francis

Lost generation? New strategies for youth and education

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Taylor & Francis
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1464-5106
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0268-0939
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10.1080/02680939.2011.589135
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Journal of Education Policy Vol. 26, No. 5, September 2011, 729–733 BOOK REVIEWS Lost generation? New strategies for youth and education, by Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley, New York, Continuum, 2010, 186 pp., $27.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-14-411-3470-7 The first 100 pages or so of this book paint a convincing, well-documented picture of a public education ‘system’ which, at every stage from secondary schooling through FE to HE and Adult Education, is tearing itself apart, as the people and institutions within it struggle to satisfy the conflicting demands which the powers- that-be, in the form of the government, the media and private employers, keep placing upon it. Much of the ‘system’ either is – or looks set shortly to become – dysfunctional for most of those involved. This picture is especially convincing because, along with an investigation of education policy, the authors include in their analysis areas like employment and housing which both are affected by and themselves affect what goes on in schools, colleges and universities. I disagree with a few specific points made by the authors. On p. 22, for exam- ple, they imply that the Industrial Training Boards effectively ceased to exist in 1972 (too early). On

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Published: Sep 1, 2011

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