Just for a change, we thought we’d set our loyal reader a little quiz.
One question and one question only…
We live in a profoundly unequal society.
More than almost any developed nation ours is a country in which your parentage dictates your progress.
Those who are born poor are more likely to stay poor and those who inherit privilege are more likely to pass on privilege in England than in any comparable county.
For those of us who believe in social justice this stratification and segregation are morally indefensible.
And for those of us who want to see greater economic efficiency it is a pointless squandering of our greatest asset – our children – to have so many from poorer backgrounds manifestly not achieving their potential.
When more Etonians make it to Oxbridge than boys and girls on benefit then we know we are not making the most of all our nation’s talents.
When hundreds of primary schools allow children to leave not able to read, write or add up properly we know we are indulging in a form of national self-harm so profound as to be disabling.
Even when disadvantaged children attend schools which perform well overall, they continue to lag behind their wealthier, luckier peers.
Please don’t send us your answers on a postcard, nor even by email. Just choose your answer here.
We’ll provide the answer, and a longer look at educational disadvantage in Croydon, later this week.
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