Joan Wilson

Book Review: A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All, by Wendy Kopp

In 1990, Wendy Kopp founded Teach for America, a scheme that places college graduates as school teachers in some of the poorest communities in the US with the aim of enabling a positive turnaround in children’s expectations and realisations of life success. Throughout the book the author draws on the observations and insights she gained from this programme over the […]

Book Review: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang.

Ha-Joon Chang’s international bestseller 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism provides some truly fascinating insights into the pitfalls of free-market capitalism, finds Joan Wilson. Explaining in accessible language how many of our other present-day economic problems are related directly to free-market policies, the book is broad in its appeal and essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about why […]

As tackling civil unrest remains pertinent to the Coalition’s political agenda, new research provides insights into the success of Labour’s social exclusion programme on disadvantaged families

Joan Wilson examines new LSE research which offers lessons on the effectiveness of Labour’s policies to tackle crime and social exclusion. In the present time of social unrest, the research offers some insights into how the Coalition might be able to move forward in addressing social exclusion in the UK.

Book Review: The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters

Joan Wilson reviews Diane Coyle‘s wonderful discussion on the future environmental  and economic successes of society. The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters. Diane Coyle. Princeton. March 2011. Find this book: Google Books Amazon LSE Library How can we ensure that we leave behind enough of an environmental, economic and societal legacy for […]

By scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance the Coalition government risks losing their opportunity to target entrenched problems of social mobility and educational disadvantage among pupils from deprived backgrounds in England

In late 2010 the Coalition government announced that the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – a UK-wide scheme that offers weekly finance to students from low-income households who continue into post-compulsory further education – would come to an end in England after only 4 years of national availability to all 16-18 year olds. Joan Wilson finds that the scrapping of the […]