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Social mobility versus happiness

By Olivia Fane, Jun 30 2016 11:56AM

Politicians of every colour are keen to promote social mobility. There are winners and losers in our society, they say, so let's give everyone a chance to be a winner. But what if happiness were the goal of our society instead? What if the flourishing of every indivdual, rich and poor, became the aim of society instead of being the 'winner' in thiscompetitive, cutthrooat world we live in?

What if education became something which nourished you rather than whipped you? An academic education for those who wanted it, and a broader education for those that didn't - based on personality, not on exam results. Isn't the forcing of every child into the academic straightjacket the equivalent of making left-handed children right-handed?

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