Monday, April 25, 2005

Why I left Britain, part X (an occasional series)

This from today's Guardian:

Children born to poor families in Britain are less likely to fulfil their potential than in other developed countries, according to a report published today.

Researchers at the London School of Economics found that Britain appeared to have one of the worst records for social mobility in the developed world.

They also concluded that Britons were less likely to break free of their backgrounds than in the past.

"The results show that social mobility in Britain is much lower than in other advanced countries and that it is declining."

The report focused on how education affected the life chances of British children compared with those in other countries. It put the UK and the US at the bottom of a social mobility league table of eight European and North American countries, with Norway at the top followed by Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Canada.

It concluded that wealth was more clearly linked to educational attainment in the UK than in the other countries, with children from poor backgrounds trapped in the worst schools and less likely to continue their studies.

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Extreme Unction emerged victorious over his supposed destiny. Extreme Unction worked in those awful low-paid jobs, full of frustration. Extreme Unction helped to make sandwiches as they zoomed past on a conveyor belt. Extreme Unction washed dishes in a hotel. Extreme Unction packed milk into crates. I have served my time and I have escaped.

Let every day be a celebration of my glorious victory!

Onward!

4 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

Ahhhh congratulations on your social mobility, sir!

I, too, have managed to break the bonds of the middle-lower-middle class and made it into the loving embrace of the middle-upper-middle class.

10:19 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

I made it further than that with the use of psychedelic substances.

On a side-moan to this, I am also being frustrated in my researches by sites that offer e-versions, PDFs, of articles at prices that basically push away anyone other than institutions. i wanted to read an important article on psychology from the Atlantic Monthly, 1934, and the cost for a PDF was 25 dollars!

outrageous

1:20 PM  
Blogger L said...

congrats! -- this sort of statistic really is depressing....

8:22 PM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

just a further note from my researches, and an interesting note on the culture of handing out awards and titles. of course, britain still makes people lords, knights, barons, dames, etc, as well as all kind of other gongs.

however, just over the water, i contacted an irish government spokesman for help with my novel (he wrote chapter 6!) and he stated that the irish state, in keeping with its republican ideals, does not have any kind of awards system. the highest accolade is probably being given the freedom of the city of Dublin or being named Mayo Man of the Year!

9:36 PM  

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