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Short Talks: Education and Inequality
Two talks on the causes and implications of inequality ...... Education & Inequality Inequality is increasing in the UK and many people are asking ‘What can be done about it?’. In this short talk John Hubbard will ask whether it is possible to reduce inequality and to what extent education is a contributing factor. Do our current structures and systems perpetuate privilege from one generation to the next and do recent changes help those keen to develop true equality of opportunity or make a coherent strategy impossible? Are the secondary schools and universities able to ensure that talent is identified and nurtured across the whole nation for our future prosperity or are current trends repressing the creativity, dynamism, and individuality necessary for a modern economy? John Hubbard has taught English in both private and state schools in Dorset. Now retired, he teaches English and Drama in a voluntary capacity for the University of the Third Age (U3A) in Bournemouth. The Spirit Level (by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett) The authors of this book have compiled information from around 200 different sets of data, using reputable sources such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and the US Census, to form a bank of evidence against inequality that is impossible to deny. John Kingston will present a summary of their data and show us why we have to do something to address one of the biggest causes of our society's problems. As usual, we would like to cover the venue costs by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night. Phil Butcher[masked]

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Dorset Humanists is a friendly community group for humanists, atheists, agnostics and all non-religious people who want to live a good life and make the world a better place.

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