Thursday, June 22, 2017

UK: How you could be too middle class to work at a top firm: Almost half of big companies now ask employees if they went to a private school

People tend to work most easily with people similar to themselves so putting people of heterogeneous backgrounds together will almost certainly reduce esprit de coeur and efficiency. 

But it's all just shadow boxing.  Accent is overwhelmingly important in Britain so people with the "right" accent will almost always get preference -- mainly meaning people with a "public" (private) school accent.  It would actually be painful for most upper class people to work with someone who spoke in a Cockney accent

Almost half of top firms are now asking their employees whether they went to a private school as part of a drive to boost social mobility, a major new study has found.

Data gathered from 100 companies by the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) revealed many are also requesting information on economic background, parents’ jobs and area in which they grew up.

Around one in five – 17 per cent – of the firms taking part now set targets on social mobility as part of their business strategy.

The information is collected anonymously from employees after they have joined companies and is used to review workforce demographics.

The SMF said that a low proportion of workers from state schools or deprived backgrounds could indicate class bias in the recruitment process.

Factors such as accent and whether the candidate has travelled widely can sometimes cause unconscious prejudice, they said.

Companies can use the data to alter their recruitment processes to make sure underrepresented groups are not disadvantaged.

The study, which is believed to be the first ‘social mobility index’, ranks employers on the efforts they are making to provide opportunities for those from poorer backgrounds.

It comes after the Prime Minister Theresa May made disadvantaged youngsters a key priority and pledged to help the ‘just about managing’ (JAM) families.

Research has shown that people from more affluent backgrounds take a disproportionate number of the best jobs.

Some parents of private school pupils have previously voiced disquiet at any sort of ‘social engineering’ which could mean a disadvantage for their own children.

But yesterday, Education Secretary Justine Greening praised the companies taking part in the study and urged others to adopt similar measures. She said: ‘No-one should be held back because of their background or where they come from. ‘This index shows the positive steps that some firms are taking to ensure everyone can go as far as their talents will take them.

‘These trail blazing organisations need to become the norm, and that is the collective goal we must all have if we are truly to tackle poor social mobility.

‘We are committed to making sure that everyone can get a world-class education which prepares them for a successful career.’

The study found 41 per cent of the companies ask new and existing employees the type of school attended, and 26 per cent ask if an employee received free school meals.

Meanwhile 39 per cent ask if employees were the first in their family to go to university and 7 per cent ask about parental occupation.

It also found 11 per cent ask workers about the postcode where an employee grew up, as this can indicate if they lived in an impoverished area.

The Index, which will be annual, is a joint initiative between the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity, and the government’s Social Mobility Commission, in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

It ranks Britain’s employers for the first time on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

Nearly 100 employers from 17 sectors, who collectively employ just under one million people, submitted entries about their practices and procedures in areas such as work with young people, recruitment, selection and progression.

The top ten firms named are Grant Thornton UK LLP, KPMG UK LLP, Skanska UK PLC, Standard Life, Deloitte UK, J.P. Morgan, PwC, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Nearly three quarters of the organisations – 72 per cent – are offering apprenticeships.

However, 77 per cent are at Levels 2 and 3 – GCSE or A level equivalent – which have been shown to offer lower returns for the apprentices.

And although 96 per cent of firms say they accept degrees from any university, 61 per cent of successful applicants attended one of the country’s most selective 24 universities.

David Johnston, chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, said: ‘While no one firm has cracked the issue and there is still progress to be made, they should be congratulated both for having prioritised social mobility and for being prepared to have their processes and practices independently scrutinised.’

Alan Milburn, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, added: ‘It is very welcome that more employers are changing their workforce strategies to ensure they don’t lose out on talented people from less privileged backgrounds.

‘The annual publication of this Index aims to shine a light on how and where progress is being made.’


Anarchy in Academia: Cry-Bullies Gone Wild

The recent events at Evergreen College would make a great Saturday Night Live skit if they weren't so serious and such an alarming portent of future social chaos.

Academia trains the future leaders of society - if colleges and universities are breeding racist anarchist cry-bullies instead of thoughtful leaders who can listen to other points of view, the future for America is tyranny of thought and totalitarianism.

The racist and infantile demands of the Evergreen students expose the childishness of cry-bully functioning. Like two-year-olds screaming "I WANT WHAT I WANT WHEN I WANT IT" these student outbursts create cognitive dissonance for any rational adult watching. There is a sense of unreality that "this cannot be happening on campuses in America" - but it is happening all over the country at colleges and universities where cry-bullies have gone wild.

Their infantile narcissism keeps them insulated in a prism of self

What is the source of their tantrums? Why are they being tolerated by the "adults" in charge? What is the purpose of cry-bullying outbursts?

The complete self-absorption of infants and young children is an expected condition of infancy and early childhood. There is no "other" in their consciousness - they operate on the narcissistic principle of self. When that narcissism is advanced into adulthood it is not only shocking it is dangerous. Early childhood is distinguished by its narcissism and society's acceptance of that narcissism because growing up is a process and early childhood is the beginning of the process.

The first sign of emotional development is the baby's recognition of "other." The baby begins to recognize his mother/caretaker as separate from himself. The baby learns that if he cries mother will come to him. As he gets older the child realizes that he is dependent upon the care of the "other" and the child only experiences "other" as existing to meet his/her own needs.

Only when the child begins to understand that "other" exists as a separate self who is as important as his own self as the child is to himself can the concept of reciprocity develop and ethical living begin.

What is so stunning about the behavior of cry-bullies on campus is their complete unawareness of "other." Their infantile narcissism keeps them insulated in a prism of self. They do not see the staggering hypocrisy of ordering all white students and faculty off campus. If all black students and faculty were ordered off campus the cry-bullies would go wild screaming RACISM! Cry-bullies do not see the hypocrisy of demanding respect when they behave so disrespectfully. If professors started screaming and swearing at them the cry-bullies would go wild demanding SAFE SPACES! Cry-bullies do not see the hypocrisy of demanding no homework at an academic institution.

Social chaos is the condition necessary to collapse American democracy

The long-term consequences of a narcissistic perspective advanced into adulthood is that it is self-destructive. Thought precedes behavior. If an individual thinks like a child he/she behaves like a child. Childhood is distinguished by its powerlessness. Thinking like a child produces a victim mentality of blame and powerlessness that creates cry-bullies and temper tantrums instead of self-actualized adults capable of rational thought and constructive effective change.

The question is WHY would the "adults" in charge submit to the childish demands of a two-year-old? Why do ineffectual parents submit to the demands of their two-year-old?

Some are simply intimidated by the cry-bullying. Some are emotional children themselves and actually support cry-bullying. Some want to ingratiate themselves to the cry-bully and be their friend. Some are Leftists promoting anarchy. No matter what the motive, submitting to the demands of a two-year-old whether that child is chronologically two or emotionally two is a flawed strategy for the survival of a democratic America.

Parents need their children to grow into emotional adulthood and society needs its citizens to become emotional adults. A society of children is not sustainable - it will eventually collapse or be challenged and taken over by a society of adults. This is why the social chaos created on campus and advanced into society by the graduating cry-bullies is so dangerous.

Social chaos is the condition necessary to collapse American democracy and replace it with socialism -> internationalism -> globalism -> and ultimately one-world government ruled by the globalist elite. Social chaos is the agent of change for anarchists.

American campuses need an adult in charge to fend off the infantile demands of its cry-bully students. America needs adults in charge to fend off the infantile demands of the left-wing liberals promoting anarchy and the victim mentality of identity politics. American universities are the canary in the coal mine.

Candidate Hillary Clinton famously said that they (Democrats) need a public that is unaware and compliant. Unaware and compliant are the conditions of childhood. Children are powerless and can be exploited and controlled - exactly what Hillary wanted. When Hillary was unexpectedly defeated the Left went into overdrive to delegitimize, destabilize, and destroy Trump's presidency. The "resistance" movement led by EX-president Barack Obama is an attack on American democracy.

Americans voted for an adult when they voted for Donald Trump. If the Left and their cry-bully politicians fomenting anarchy succeed in their campaign to overthrow constitutionally elected President Donald Trump then American democracy will be destroyed and the globalist elites will be able to impose one-world government on the unsuspecting cry-bullies on campus who were duped into believing they would get social justice and income equality for their efforts.

One-world government is a binary socio-political system of masters and slaves described unapologetically in chilling detail by Lord Bertrand Russell in his 1952 book The Impact of Science on Society.  The irony for these black student cry-bullies is that they are participating in their own destruction. There is no freedom or upward mobility in one-world government - only tyranny and totalitarianism. The student cry-bullies will learn the hard way that their infantile behavior will reduce them to slaves like their ancestors.


Australian conservative politician says autistic kids should be removed from mainstream classes

ONE Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson announced this morning that her party will back the Federal Government’s $18.6 billion school funding package.

But she also said "we need to get rid of" autistic children from mainstream classrooms, arguing teachers had to spend too much time with them at the expense of other students’ education.

She said parents and teachers had raised the issue with her of children with disabilities or autism in mainstream classrooms.

"These kids have a right to an education by all means, but if there’s a number of them these children should actually go into a special classroom, looked after and given that special attention," she said in the Senate this morning.

"Most of the time the teacher spends so much time on them they forget about the child who wants to go ahead in leaps and bounds in their education, but are held back by those.

"It’s no good saying we have to allow these kids to feel good about themselves and we don’t want to upset them and make them feel hurt. "We have to be realistic at times and consider the impact that is having on other children in the classroom. "We need to get rid of those people because you want everyone to feel good about themselves."

She said it was difficult for One Nation to come to the position of supporting the $18.6 billion in extra funding for schools. "I hope this will improve our educational standards if it is addressed in the classroom," Senator Hanson said.

She criticised Labor for not supporting the bill, as the Opposition wants a further $22 billion to match the original Gonski funding proposed by the Gillard Government. "I think it’s a good start, $18.6 billion. That’s a start, why can’t you work with the government with regards to this and then build on that," she said.

"Stop opposing things just because you’re on the opposition. It’s about working together for the future of this nation. I just get so frustrated with the whole lot of you."


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