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RSA Debate – Is Education the Answer to Social Mobility?
I was lucky enough to be at this debate on Tuesday. The audio is now live and you can find it here: The obvious highlight was Jo Shuter talking with great ability and flexibility about how secondaries in tough areas really change lives. Her comments start at 10 minutes but she also makes some important points in her answer to the questions. It was wonderful to hear her account which contained many insights which would be relevant to all schools instead of Gove and Gibbs eulogies endorsement of schools using their extreme funding to build rowing academies to poach London’s best students or their seriously naive views that if you recruit the most academic graduates all will be well.
I’ve also tried to point out to Ricky on this site that where there is not a university nearby it’s not reasonable to expect the same level of university entrance as if there are several – a point Jo makes and explores in the questions.
The whole debate is worth listening to. It explores the subject from many perspectives and important points appear at unexpected times. Some were disappointed that Michael Gove dropped out but in the end the effect of that was that the whole session could focus on the subject in hand rather than having to pay attention to the elephant in the room of of his ignorance and distracting and disturbing rhetoric regarding the actually implications of his own policies.