Thursday, 26 January 2012

League tables of inequality

These days I take more than usual interest in stories about education. It's that time of year for the schools' league tables. And the usual bollocks about 'failing schools'... 'failing teachers' and life chances.

You don't need to be a genius - or even a sociologist - to work out that whilst the odd working class hero might buck the system thanks to a few inspirational teachers, some innate talent and quite a bit of luck, your 'life chances' are pretty much determined at birth. It's called capitalism -  and it stinks.

For the terminally hard of thinking have a look at these two maps from that hot-bed of class warriors  - the BBC: The first shows the distribution of 'good' GCSE results - the second the distribution of child poverty. 

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