Inequality in Education…turning the tide (IETT) is a movement which is working to alter the balance of educational opportunity in the UK.
IETT – Thinking about the learning experience…
In England inequality is a key social and political issue. Education has a vital role to play in abolishing inequality in society. Young people’s destiny is still determined largely by their social position at birth.
‘Education is in danger of becoming a religion based on fear; its doctrine is to compete. Our children are being led to believe that they are doomed to failure in a world which has room only for those at the top’.
Eda LeShan – US writer (1922 – 2002)
‘In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists’.
Eric Hoffer – Moral and social philosopher 1898 – 1983
‘Education must have two foundations –morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defence for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists’.
Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort – writer, Jacobin, revolutionary (1741 – 1794)
We believe that:
- The education system in England should allow every child to realise his or her potential.
- Schools should have the opportunity and obligation to hold the highest aspirations for every child
- Parents, carers, nurseries and schools should be provided with the resources to accomplish this aim.
- Support should be personalised for every child and young person.
We aim to create a network that supports all those individuals groups and organisations that work to promote equality of educational outcome by the widest range of activities possible. Currently these include:
- Organising informational conferences
- Disseminating research
- Building discussion and engagement networks
- Supporting and working with activities that promote similar aims
- Endorsing progressive initiatives.
We aim to…
assist in building a movement that would seek to engage with the widest group of people we can and to support all those initiatives, small and large, that work towards building more equal outcomes in the education system.
One possible idea arising from this is to inaugurate and then promote a kitemark to recognise initiatives taken by individuals and organisations to promote improved equality of outcomes in education.
The Turning the Tide Team.