Azara Blog: The UK's education policy is allegedly failing the poor

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Date published: 2007/06/25

The BBC says:

A cross-party commission should be set up to examine the reasons behind the UK's very low social mobility, an education charity says.

The Sutton Trust says the government's education policy has failed to give poorer children the chance to improve quality of life.

Its founder Sir Peter Lampl says the problem "goes beyond party politics".

Tory leader David Cameron backed the call for a commission, saying there was "a problem of fairness" in the UK.

Sir Peter said: "Both Gordon Brown and David Cameron have acknowledged the seriousness of this issue, but our low level of social mobility is a problem that goes beyond party politics.

"It is a national issue which requires a national solution. We urgently need an independent cross-party commission to examine why our record is so poor and how we can address this."

The study found that children born in the 1950s had a better chance of escaping poverty than those born in 1970.

The decline in social mobility seen during the 1970s and 1980s has now flattened off, the report concludes, but shows no sign of reversing.

The UK comes bottom of the table of developed countries for which there is data available, it adds.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said: "To me it's a problem of fairness, because if people aren't achieving according to their talents, according to their potential, it's a huge waste for them, it's a huge waste for society, but it's also deeply unfair."

Cameron should know. He epitomises the problem, being born in 1966 and being where he is today because he was born into the upper class and so received the best education and privileges money could buy. And Cameron's "solution" to the problem is to screw the people in the middle, allegedly for the benefit of the people at the bottom. Needless to say, the people at the top, like himself, will continue to live as if they deserve the entitlements which their class has bequeathed them. Unfortunately nobody in this country seems to be interested in making education work for everybody. And nobody in this country seems to be focussing on the parents of the poor, as if parents should be absolved of all responsibility of how their children are educated.

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