Many people have come to feel that the controversy on education in Britain has got bogged down in political polemics, and that common polarisations between 'conventional' and 'progressive', 'selective' and 'comprehensive', 'elite' and 'democratic' are both unrealistic and damaging. The author believes that a new educational ethic is needed now that former religious sanctions are no longer generally operative. He believes that it is possible to regard the concept of a Rational Good as a basis for educational theory and practice. The book discusses important practical issues in education: liberty and equality, use and abuse of convention, the ethical basis and occasion for coercion, the validity of co-education as an educational principle and the John Wales concludes that the correspondence between the popular extremes of educational views is much more significant than their differences.

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