Education and Politics is a history of secondary education, written with the aim of showing why there is so much dissatisfaction with things as they are today, how the present confusion developed, and how there could be a way out.
It highlights three problems. The first is the lack of a coherent national system. The second is the divide between the independent and maintained sectors. The third is the requirement on so many in their early teens to undertake a form of education which they find neither useful nor enjoyable.
Labour and Liberal, Conservative and Coalition governments are all criticised by an historian who spent his working life as a schoolmaster and now advocates a fundamental re-appraisal of how English education should be organised.