Good Families – An Unfair Advantage

It’s important to spend more time on someone’s statement than their qualifications. Qualifications are certainly useful. They are shortcuts to seeing the worldview and level of thinking from which the statement comes. Unfortunately, they are not a guarantee of quality. Take the following example…

“I had done some work on social mobility and the evidence is overwhelmingly that the reason why children born to different families have very different chances in life is because of what happens in those families.”

“The evidence shows that the difference between those who get bedtime stories and those who don’t—the difference in their life chances—is bigger than the difference between those who get elite private schooling and those that don’t”

“I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally”
Adam Swift

That’s Adam Swift, a Professor at the University of Warwick. One wonders if he ever spares a thought for the “unfair disadvantage” he puts others in by being a professor. It’s also unlikely his parents were worrying about the same if they read him bedtime stories. Continue Reading →