Wednesday, 2 November 2011


We must be brave enough to expose the myth that environment and deprivation rather than character are a better explanation of why people behave and act as they do.
Over the last twenty years we have focused our interventions and activities to change outcomes and create a better world by simply tackling poverty and deprivation rather than trying to change and develop persistence, determination, character and the benefits of hard work. Too many people with vested interests have persuaded us that our energy, efforts and resources should be directed at correcting social problems and addressing poor performance rather than developing strategies and approaches focused on academic and technical excellence, developing higher level skills and abilities, shaping character, resilience and grit and nurturing innovation and creativity. This fixed mindset approach sees young people from poorer communities as needing discipline, command and control rather than opportunities, expectation and esteem. We need to create a learning landscape where we see potential in every child and provide opportunities and help all our young people achieve their goals and release their talent and magic!

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