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Friday 25th July 2014: Not many ministers in charge of our education system leave a mark on public consciousness, let alone on history. In a special of our blog, Professors Robert Tombs and David Abulafia, who wrote Politeia’s history curriculum, paint a political and personal portrait of Michael Gove.
Professor Robert Tombs writes:
Not many ministers in charge of our education system leave a mark on public consciousness, let alone on history. R.A. Butler for the 1944 Education Act. Anthony Crosland for his detestation of grammar schools. And certainly Michael Gove. That someone so openly determined to raise the general standards of education, and with such personal interest in the substance of what was taught, should become not the hero of the teaching professions, but their bête noire, might seem surprising.
Professor David Abulafia writes:
About a year and a half ago I was attending a large formal dinner in one of the Cambridge colleges and found myself sitting next to someone who has been very much involved in undergraduate admissions. At some point the name of Michael Gove came up, and my neighbour’s polite cordiality was transformed into a sort of hiss (as far as it is possible to hiss the word Gove).
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