Friday, 25 January 2013

The Britain of 2030

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“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future” [Yogi Berra]

My oldest child Chloe is 3. When she turns 20, Britain will be

– much more ethnically diverse (1 in 3 kids Chloe’s age are non-white)
– much older (1 in 4 of us will be pensioners*)
– much less equal (a global market will reward the skilled and penalise the unskilled)

And to prepare Chloe for this diverse society, we have built the most segregated school system in the rich world** where from the ages of 5-18 she will spend 7 hours a day with people of her age group largely of the same ethnic group and income bracket.

Is it just me that thinks this doesn’t sound quite fit for purpose? And more to the point – what do you want to do about it?

* Office for National Statistics, 2010
** OECD, ‘Education at a Glance, 2012 

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