Betraying a Generation

How Education Is Failing Young People

Patrick Ainley

Betraying a Generation

Patrick Ainley

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

128 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447332114 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
For generations, we have been told that the way to move up in our society is through education. Stay in school, work hard, and you'll go far. But that's no longer true: today's young people study harder but learn less, ending up over-qualified yet underemployed. In this book, Patrick Ainley shows how education in England has been thoroughly compromised by being reoriented away from learning and toward the economy, with devastating results. Aimed at teachers and students at all levels, the book concludes by suggesting ways that schools, colleges, and universities can instead begin to contribute to a more meaningful and productive society.
Contents
Introduction;
From jobs without education to education without jobs;
New times;
Class structure in the 21st century;
Running up a down-escalator;
A new politics of education

 
Review Quotes
Morning Star
“This book decisively debunks the conventional wisdom of neoliberalism and ‘human capital’ theory and as such is an essential read.”
Robin Simmons, University of Huddersfield | Post-16 Educator
Betraying a Generation provides a particularly lucid and authoritative critique of contemporary trends in education and society more broadly—and the far-reaching consequences of such changes for young people in particular. . . . Offers a welcome antidote to the now notoriously narrow, instrumental nature of teacher education, youth work and other forms of vocational training aimed at those preparing to work with children and young people. . . . A resource which will help readers to understand key debates about the changing nature of education and work, as well as associated questions about social class, inequality and the economy.”
Critical Professional Learning
“[Ainley’s] book is invaluable for those that would oppose the use of education to further fracture society.”
British Journal of Educational Studies
"Thorough and comprehensive."
Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
"Achieves the difficult balance between serving as an introductory text and doing justice to a range of arguments."
Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
“Ever thought school was stupid, college a treadmill, and universities neglected your interest? Have you been propelled towards jobs that either didn’t exist or that you wish didn’t?  If you need to know what is really going on in the education and labor markets, I recommend this book.”
Stewart Ranson, University of Warwick
“A brilliant book, forensic analysis, supported by research and evidence, to reveal powerfully the present state of education. The book is lucidly written, a scintillating success.”
Sally Tomlinson, Goldsmiths College, University of London
“Human capital theory is dead.  From those tests for four year olds to the clutch of GCSEs, A-levels, and degrees, will there be a job at the end and what sort of job in this global economy? This book shows clearly what is really happening and offers some very real solutions.”
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