Education and the Market Place, the title of this book, encapsulates a major cultural and ideological debate which has taken place throughout the 1980s and which remains central to public discussion about education in the 1990s. At the heart of this debate are major differences about the nature and purpose of public education and about the most desirable and effective means of providing it as a service to the community. For some contributions to this debate, see Tomlinson (1986), The Hillgate Group (1987), Dale (1989), Ball (1990), Cultural Studies, Education Group (1991), Green (1991), Simon (1992).