PUBLIC LECTURE: Maintaining a civil society: The importance of equality and education
|Maintaining a civil society: The importance of equality and education
The 2012 Reid Oration will be presented by Carmen Lawrence, Winthrop Professor, School of Psychology, UWA.
Carmen Lawrence has always been passionately committed to egalitarianism – the idea that each person has equal worth; that any limitations on achievement and ability to share in society’s goods should be systematically broken down. It is clear that this requires public action and investment to minimise disadvantage and ensure that people’s life chances are made more equal; so that the accident of your birth does not cripple your future. Increasing inequality in Australia presents a real threat, not just to the well-being of those who are missing out, but also to our collective well-being. Such inequality, especially in a society accustomed to seeing itself as fair, creates a nagging sense of injustice and threatens social solidarity and stability. Evidence also shows that unequal communities have poorer health, poorer education outcomes and rising crime rates compared with more equal communities. Income inequality is also associated with high levels of work disability, civil strife and environmental degradation.
In the past our inclusive public school system helped reduce inequality, but as our education system has become more segregated, it appears to be reinforcing privilege and community divisions, rather than breaking them down.
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