Kevin Rooney

Social mobility is not the point of education

Schools are being asked to fix a political problem. Teachers need to fight back against policymakers and apathetic unions, writes Kevin Rooney

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Read the following quotes and – without thinking for too long – then say out loud what you think schools are for.

“Education is at the core of social mobility.”

“Teachers – the experts in driving social mobility.”

“A welcome consensus has begun to emerge that schools must be engines of social mobility.”

The first two quotes are from education secretary Justine Greening. The third is from schools minister Nick Gibb. Do you think the primary purpose of education is to help young people get jobs and fix the economy? I absolutely do not. The problem is that I seem to be in an increasing ...

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