Thought-Provoking Reflection from Kit de Waal

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I left school at 16, in 1976. Since then we’ve had a range of social mobility initiatives, the policies by which bright children are better enabled to “reach the top”. I’ve always had a problem with the idea of cherry-picking the most able or the most driven rather than lifting whole communities out of poverty, providing better standards of education and better living conditions for all. Worse than that, the notion of social mobility has always smacked of: “How can we help you be more like us?” – Kit de Waal, Writing Class, The Guardian Review, 10 Feb 2018

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