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ERIC Number: EJ899958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Tall Tales and Ripping Yarns
Dorling, Danny
Adults Learning, v21 n8 p16-19 Apr 2010
In a country in which, even after the economic crash, there are plenty of resources to go around, people need to think hard about why inequality persists so much more strongly in Britain than anywhere else in Europe. The cause, the author wants to suggest, is a set of deep-rooted, hidden and unacknowledged beliefs, each unjustified yet passed off as an unfortunate fact of life; natural, innocent and long-standing. The author suggests that the five tenets of injustice today are: (1) elitism is efficient; (2) exclusion is necessary; (3) prejudice is natural; (4) greed is good; and (5) despair is inevitable. In Britain, educational apartheid is sustained by the belief that prejudice is natural; that some people are inherently less deserving and less able to do well in education or at work than others. The author points out that it is not just the acceptance of these beliefs by a few that perpetuates inequality and injustice in lands of plenty, but the reluctance of many others to confront them. It's important that educators challenge these beliefs and encourage others to do so, and that parents give their children the tools they need to build something better.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United States