Monday, April 25, 2011

Social mobility

The FT announces that being white and poor leads to worse educational attainment than being black. Important and interesting research. I would quibble with the interpretation though. The FT article explains that

The figures highlight the challenge facing the coalition, which has identified social mobility as one of its top concerns. Earlier this month, the government published a “social mobility strategy”, which stated that “tackling the opportunity deficit...is our guiding purpose”.

There is no evidence the coalition is serious about social mobility - and the use of the term 'opportunity deficit' gives the game away. This is about addressing the suspicion that this government has one aim only - to cut the UK budget deficit, mainly by cutting social spending. All the rest is window-dressing.