Inequality for those left behind is a necessary byproduct of rewarding those who excel.
South Africa’s government-run student loan scheme needs an overhaul.
A "buy now, pay later" model is well suited to financing higher education. Commercial bank loans are not viable. Government-backed loans with income-contingent repayment are the fair solution.
Grammar schools are not the answer.
Reintroducing selective education will not solve deep economic and social inequalities.
Deprivation makes it worse.
One in four people experience a mental health problem in any give year.
Destined for university: the Victorians created a tiered education system.
Problems with who gets access to university date back to the 19th century.
The Western Distributor project announced by the Andrews government will benefit Melbourne’s suburban residents in the west and north, but inner-city elites are mobilising against it.
It's a project that creates benefits for Melbourne's western suburbs and the state as a whole. But the inner-city elite don't like it and recent experience suggests their opinion holds sway.
Tax policy appears to be one driver of inequality.
An analysis of what's known as the Gini coefficient offers some clues on what makes one society more unequal in terms of income than another.
The state government of Rio de Janeiro has declared a state of "public calamity", as it struggles to cope with severe economic and social crises.
Weighing in on inequality.
New figures reveal inequality in Britain and the effects of the redistributive tax and benefits system.
Much like the latest Zack Snyder film, the inter-generational war being played out in the press seems largely unnecessary.
The extreme architectural investment in Chaco Canyon typifies periods of peak building.
Multiple times over the centuries, climate issues caused Pueblo farming to collapse, taking the establishment down with it. New research suggests there are parallels with American inequalities today.
Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities.
Where you live affects your health and life expectancy. This makes it possible to map health outcomes against train stations, so that you can readily see the inequalities across cities like Melbourne.
Most young South Africans can’t afford tuition fees and are left out of the higher education system.
The student protests that rocked South Africa's universities in 2015 are part of a class struggle as poor and marginalised people fight for their place in an unequal system.
When our political institutions are market-driven, they risk becoming a democratic shell that no longer serves the people, as the European Union experience is showing.
Democracy’s problem is not the crisis but the triumph of capitalism. Democracy has become market-conforming, resulting in whole sections of society lacking meaningful representation.
Unequal education is a result of what happens in schools.
Students in the same grade in the same school receive a very different education based on the socioeconomic status of their parents.
These maps can tell us much more than the location of England's most and least deprived areas.
Fair access and widening participation are a social and economic necessity.
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The higher education sector must collaborate to reach out to applicants from poor and diverse backgrounds.
Sierra Leone has made significant progress in the fight against ebola and is grappling with economic recovery.
Although Sierra Leone is not yet officially ebola-free, there are significant improvements. Economic recovery discussions have also started. Care needs to be taken to ensure broader societal benefit.
Most of us can’t bend it like Beckham, for various reasons. But is that necessarily the worst thing?
Rather than hold on to the idea of equality of opportunity, it might be more accurate to say that we don’t really support it because it comes at too high a price.
Making things happen in Philadelphia
New research shows how cities are tackling the issues usually dealt with by states and the federal government