Social mobility doesn’t exist

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JIM CURRAN
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Social mobility doesn’t exist

Post by JIM CURRAN » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:57 pm

Social mobility doesn’t exist – and grammar schools are part of the problem



In a meritocracy we all own our destiny. So potent is this fallacy that even those sold short by it, those at the very bottom of the social ladder, can be found yielding to its key messages: the poor are poor because they’re not smart or haven’t tried hard enough. It’s the sort of nonsense that’s even easier to believe when you’re young and susceptible to insecurity

This week the Prince’s Trust reported on research it has carried out which tells us what we already know: social mobility doesn’t exist. Inevitably, there will be outliers, of whom I count myself, hauled out to prove this assertion wrong. “Look, over there, a used-to-be-poor person who’s not poor now! And there’s another!” Family and old friends will be lumped together as lazy or feckless or both: no-hopers who haven’t made the cut.

But the evidence is irrefutable. Your family background is in fact most people’s destiny.



https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... rt-problem

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Re: Social mobility doesn’t exist

Post by JIM CURRAN » Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:32 am

New Zealand schoolgirls skip class because they can't afford sanitary items

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ ... tary-items

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Re: Social mobility doesn’t exist

Post by JIM CURRAN » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:09 pm

Obstacles to social mobility in Britain date back to the Victorian education system


http://theconversation.com/obstacles-to ... stem-57371

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