Equality

slideshow_training.jpg.pagespeed.ce.sLl2LGyTlwI went to a lecture today (5/2/2014) at Newman University about equality.  It was fascinating and presented by someone called Danny Dorling.  I bought his book called ‘The no nonsense guide to equality’.  His take on education is that if more parents (the ‘paranoid middle classes’ as he called them) stopped driving their kids to school and started using the local schools more, there would be much less inequality.  We all know that of course, but what we may not know is that the UK is the worst country (after the US) for this kind of separation between good and bad schools etc… His lecture was mainly about the 1% rich in the world and how this is getting worse in countries like the UK.

He called bankers and landlords ‘the apostles of inequality’ etc… etc… In a country like Japan where there isn’t so much of a gap between the top and the bottom earners, children enjoy a much better equal education and walk to school together.

Anyway, thought I’d share this with you on this blog.

Till later, Karima

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  1. Thanks for this post Katrina.

    Apt – especially in these days is heightened inequality. Austerity – or as some call it ‘planned poverty’ has provided the perfect alibi for the re-distribution of funds from the already wealthy to the becoming increasingly poor.

    I have not read or heard of Dorling’s book before now. But it sounds worth reading.

    Some years ago and without a reference to substantiate my assertion, I remember reading about inclusion and exclusion in Scandinavian countries; those countries that seem to do so extraordinarily well in all the right places. The writer of the text I was reading suggested that in these places policymakers had a notion of inclusion that did not just focus on the poor, the marginalized, the ostracized or the different. Their commitment to inclusion also encompassed those at the top. In other words, fee paying education was discouraged as it meant the people who attended those schools were also ‘excluded’ that is set apart from the rest of us. Wanting to create an inclusive, meant all were to be included, together, one nation. Either way, the overall and abiding argument to emerge form the evidence we have is that equality and quality are thoroughly entwined.

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