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Undemocratic Schooling: Equity and Quality in Mass Secondary Education in Australia

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Based on the largest social survey of secondary education ever undertaken in Australia, this book presents a national picture of who succeeds and who fails at school, offering valuable angles on many topical issues such as retention and dropout rates, the relation between poverty and achievement, the gender debate, private versus public schools, and which universities serv ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Melbourne University Publishing
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I don’t know how true it is that there is a Chinese curse that you ‘live in interesting times’ – if it isn’t true then I have to say that the Chinese get better press than they deserve. We do indeed seem cursed to live in extremely interesting times.

It is important to remember that real mass secondary education is a remarkably recent phenomenon. Both of my parents, for example, left school at 14. Currently in Australia around 70% of kids now finish high school – that is, 13 years of schooling fo
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