education in the united kingdom
historical importance of education
education is a vital concern throughout britain because a highly developed nation depends upon educated professionals and a skilled workforce. the literacy rate in britain is one of the highest in the world at over 99 percent.
britains first education act, in 1870, was inspired by the pioneering example of mass compulsory education in germany and provided for state-financed primary education. another major education act, passed in 1902, established local education authorities leas that were responsible for providing schools and education in their areas. the act also authorized leas to use public funds for church-affiliated schools. this policy was severely criticized by people whose children attended state schools because their taxes were use...
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