Educational equity and social mobility have become clichés of our times. Andy Hargreaves, one of the best-known speakers in Australia and all over the world, knows all about educational equity and mobility and what we call social mobility. He has experienced what these things look like and feel like, in his bones, right up close. The struggle for equity and mobility, he shows, is anything but a cliché. It’s a personal, powerful and constant uphill battle, needing every teacher working together in support of the young people who need our help the most.
Andy’s brand new memoir, Moving, about a working class upbringing and education, describes in sometimes poignant and sometimes hilarious prose, what the experience of trying to move on up is actually like. It shows how it felt for him and, with reference to research of that time and today, reveals how everything he went through still applies to millions of children and their families now. If you, your parents, or the kids that you have taught have given something up, left behind a homeland, taken on extra jobs, and made a host of other sacrifices, just to get a better chance in life, this narrative will be your narrative too.
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