Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Times publishes my letter on Clegg's fig leaf social mobility reforms

We must stop the educational structures in which the wealth of parents determines the life chances of their children

Sir,

Nick Clegg’s social mobility strategy (“Work experience for all, not just the well-connected, urges Nick Clegg”, thetimes.co.uk, April 5) shows us what happens when good intentions come up against ossified structures of privilege and social immobility in Britain. If we are serious about social mobility then we must bring to an end the educational structures in which the wealth of parents determines the life chances of their children.
Opening up internships is welcome, but it is nothing more than a fig leaf covering up the pernicious influence of privilege that prevents us from unlocking the potential of all children and becoming a true meritocracy.

John Slinger

Rugby

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