Kenny Pieper

What do we mean by ‘educational aspiration’?

If we are to convince those in poverty that education can be truly transformative, then we should show them that, too

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Reading JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a humbling experience. His beautiful memoir of a crushingly challenging upbringing and the aftermath of fraught family connections rang a few bells, and brought me back to thinking of the lives of the children I teach.

Returning to school after the Christmas break, I was reminded that there are those in my classroom who will not have had the same happy holiday as everyone else.

There are those who, while being asked to raise money and bring in donations for the local food bank, will have had to turn to that very food bank for Christmas dinner.

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