Education: Social elevator or holding area?

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Looking across the social landscape, there appear to be few public policy interventions more powerful than education. Other social services such as health care, social security benefits and policing can ensure that individuals are supported and the status quo is maintained. But it is education that has the potential to move individuals into a different space from where they can see life in a new way and indeed can create a new life for themselves. Education, unlike other areas of social service, can be transformational; yet, it is not so for everyone. I want to reflect on this apparent dichotomy and try to discern some principles and ideas that might be able to harness the transformational nature of education for all, rather than for just a few.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAchieving Quality Education for All
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region and Beyond
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789400752948
ISBN (Print)9789400752931
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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