Do you believe in meritocracy? Do you believe that the society in which we live provides everyone the same chance to do well? Do you think Education serves everyone and is fair?
And this saddens me, it is inherently wrong and no teacher wants this. However we don’t live in an equal society. There are still inequalities between the genders and between the social classes. I teach sociology and we often discuss whether Education is fair and it is fair to say that the conclusion is often no. Those that believe Education is fair argue that the system benefits everyone, that children all get the opportunity to attend their local comprehensive school where they will be served well. That all the children share resources from the teachers through to the library and sporting facilities. It is open access for all and all have the same opportunity, therefore if you put in you will achieve. Whilst that may be true once inside the school perimeter teachers are only to well aware that it is not an open playing field.
There exists private schools, grammar schools and comprehensives that are far from the same. Much depends on location. Schools know that some of our students haven’t eaten breakfast before school. We know some live in cramped conditions, we know some live in homes where poverty is rife. I have taught children that don’t even have their own bed.
Poverty is currently one of the biggest causes of concern. Children that have a limited income and come from the poorest families are given a pupil premium and this will be used try and bridge that gap. However more still needs to be done. And you can make a difference.
Save the children are launching a new campaign today in which they are looking recruit 20,000 change makers in the next four years. These change makers (people like me and you) can really make a difference.
Did you know:
• Many poor children in the UK today start school already behind their better-off peers – through no fault of their own.
• Last year, 1 in 4 poor children left primary school without basic skills in reading and writing.