Is Education the Answer to Social Mobility?

From the RSA Website:

It has become axiomatic to state that education is the key to future success in life, but many would argue that the dice are irrevocably loaded well before children arrive at the school gates.  Yet more than a decade of government investment in early-years programs has failed to make significant progress in narrowing the income-determined gap. So what really are the key drivers of social mobility, and in what environment and at what stage of life are interventions best introduced?  If we believe schools have an important role to play in enhancing mobility, how can we be sure investment is channeled most effectively?

And is social mobility really the right goal in any case? The wealthy will always have the financial and social capital to cement their advantage, so should we instead be focusing on social justice, taking steps to tackle inequality in more radical ways, in order to level the playing field and make the race genuinely fair?


Credits:  Stephen Twigg MP, Jo Shuter, Quintin Kynaston, and Anna Vignoles, Is Education the Answer to Social Mobility?RSA .  July 10, 2012.


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