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Class Struggle

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 21 January 2012

In nearly every country in the world, there's one sector that everyone seems to think is in crisis: education.

America produces legions of Nobel laureates and has the best universities in the world - and yet faces an epidemic of failing state-run schools.

India churns out vast numbers of engineers ready for the modern economy, and yet its business leaders yearn for the kind of creative thought that is taught in the Anglo-Saxon system.

In the UK there are worries about discipline and standards, while at the same time welcoming thousands of foreigners anxious to get qualifications and training that are non-existent in their home counties.

Peter Day asks why everyone thinks education is so bad and what schools and businesses are doing to try to improve it.

  • Contributors to this programme:

    Martin Bean
    Vice-chancellor, Open University

    Nick Wilson
    Managing director, HP UK

    Rob Williams
    Principal lecturer, University of the West of England

    Ralph Mainard
    Deputy master, Dulwich College

    Joe Spence
    Master of Dulwich College

    Jim O’Neill
    Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management

    Kunal Bahl
    Founder of Indian coupon website Snapdeal

    Krishnan Ganesh
    Founder Tutorvista

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