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Whatever motivates young people to do well is complicated and wonderful

12 November, 2020

• RECENTLY I have been travelling by taxis – not black cab or Uber – just my local London cars.

As an ex-sociology lecturer I am always interested in people’s lives. My taxi drivers tend to be from different countries: Turkey, Bangladesh, Algeria, Somalia, Pakistan and other African and Asian countries.

One thing they have in common is a respect for education (and doctors). Because I have taught in Camden, Haringey and Walthamstow, I usually ask about their children’s schools.

Their daughters and sons are usually university students – London-based, or Birmingham, Luton, East Anglia, Middlesex, and usually studying business, engineering, economics or medical sciences.

Some drivers have been university-educated or have been restaurant or business owners who now find taxi driving more profitable and conducive to child care.

I have taught a variety of successful students including actors, actresses, footballers, doctors, physios, accountants – not boring ones – many from immigrant families, some who arrived not speaking English.

Whatever motivates young people to do well is complicated and wonderful.

I am always banging on about education offering all the answers and now, with the world upside down, education, is, more than ever, what makes us all global successful humans.

ANNE ADAMS,
N6

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