Ability, Inequality and Post-Pandemic SchoolsRethinking Contemporary Myths of Meritocracy

Ability, Inequality and Post-Pandemic SchoolsRethinking Contemporary Myths of Meritocracy

Alice Bradbury

Print publication date: 2022

ISBN: 9781447346616

Publisher: Policy Press

Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic closed schools, but this hiatus provides an opportunity to rethink the fundamental principles of our education system. This book examines how, before the pandemic, the education system assumed that ability is measurable and innate, and how this myth of meritocracy reinforced educational inequalities. Since the Covid crisis began, educational inequality has become a central issue. Inspired by a project on grouping practices based on ‘ability’, the book analyses how the recent educational developments of datafication and neuroscience have reinvigorated ideas about how we classify and label children, with unequal effects. It sets out a post-pandemic hope that we can rethink the idea of innate and measurable intelligence, and thus disrupt the inequalities that result from this idea.