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We need a new vision to give power to the people

Forty years ago, the Labour government turned its back on progressive education because it couldn't afford it – we've been paying ever since, says Jeremy Gilbert

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The recovery of young voter turnout for the general election in June, after decades of decline, is an obvious cause for celebration. But, despite the significant uptick, young people still remain the least likely section of the population to vote and the least engaged with politics overall.

The decline of political engagement among young people coincided with a period during which successive governments pursued a policy agenda for education informed by a wholly instrumental and commercial set of imperatives. Under this regime, the ideal of education, as determined by government, was not the ...

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