The Poverty of Education and the Education of Poverty

March 26, 2009

The Jesuits‘ are famous for saying “Give me a child until he is seven and we will give you the man.” – which is a bloody good argument against teaching religion in schools! They recognised that a person’s entire life can be shaped by childhood experiences and they sought to profit from the fact. Unfortunately a new study has shown that what is true for religious brainwashing is also true for socio-economic status.

Three experts were asked to examine the life chances of children in a deprived part of the Cynon Valley in south Wales for the BBC ‘Week In Week Out’ programme. They found that poverty starts to damage a child’s education by the time they are seven.

This will come as no surprise to anyone who understands the nature of class in Britain, as Action Against Classism say…

Economic inequality in the UK is at the highest it has been since records began in 1961. A child’s social class background at birth is still the best indicator of how well he or she will do in school and later on in life. The lower your socio-economic position the greater your risk of low birth-weight, infections, cancer, coronary heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, accidents, nervous and mental illnesses – in other words, class can kill!

The only people seem at all surprised by the findings are the so called experts. Prof David Egan is quoted as saying…

“Despite their best efforts, the schools have been unable to break the almost symbiotic link…between socio-economic disadvantage and low educational achievement.”

Doesn’t the professor realise that modern schools were invented at the same time as prisons and factories; despite what even our teachers themselves believe our education system was designed to benefit capital and therefore it has played a major role in the systematic creation the socio-economic divide. Schools cannot “break the […] link […] between socio-economic disadvantage and low educational achievement” because they helped to maintain that link in the first place!

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