One would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh here:
Despite billions being invested in education, children born in deprived homes are no more likely to escape the poverty trap than they were 30 years ago, it is claimed.
That isn\’t laughing material, to be sure, but this is:
Comparing a series of research papers carried out over the past 50 years, it found a sharp fall in social mobility between 1958 and 1970.
Everyone in the debate agrees that it is education which creates even the possibility of the desired social mobility. The Grammar School/Secondary Modern system was progressively scrapped from the 50s to the 70s in favour of the Comprehensive system. This, it was insisted, would lead to greater social mobility.
In fact, social mobility fell, not rose.
Correlation or Causation?