My apologies for my previous post - I thought we had to supply some personal information! Anyway, down to business.
I noticed at one of the pending WEF consultations there was a space for an 'economist of education.'
I was greatly influenced by Eddie West: links here
who was a leading international economist of education as I grew up because he was a family friend.
So the instant Michael Gove and co. opened their mouths I knew that they had no insight into this discipline whatsoever. There views regarding free markets in education are completely at odds with all established theory. I have looked in detail for any coherent or credible source to their views on free markets in education but, after a year, have concluded there is none whatsoever. They seem to have been born in think tanks where assorted people with no experience in education and no academic insight spoke to each other until they became convinced they knew what they were talking about and established, somehow, the ability to convince others that they did too.
My question is,
Is there an economist of education who understands complete models of state education in the UK today? If so who?
Eddie's main conclusions were that the disciplines and processes involved in reforming complete education systems are totally different to those involved in establishing new systems or developing systems with partial coverage. The EG West centre he founded with his legacy focuses on the latter discipline, not the former, but his work does make clear recommendations about the former discipline too.