chapter  4
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A New Deal for Urban Education

Before the conference began its discussions on possible reforms of urban education, delegates considered the demands that some parents are currently putting forward. Both Alan Little and Virginia Makins maintained that the overriding demand from parents was that children should be able to read and write and that schools should be safe and peaceful places. The argument is then developed in two ways by Harriett Wilson. In the first place she points out that demands of many parents run counter to progressive educational thinking. She then draws the attention of the conference to the new skills needed by teachers since the Plowden revolution in primary school teaching. Eric Midwinter develops this point still further under the heading of 'The new professionals'.