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Ability, Inequality and Post-Pandemic Schools: Rethinking Contemporary Myths of Meritocracy

Alice Bradbury


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 cl ... More

Keywords: Ability, Inequality, Schooling, Meritocracy, COVID-19, Datafication, Neuroscience, Post-pandemic hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447346616
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Bradbury, author
UCL Institute of Education