Following the acclaimed ResPublica publication
Academies: Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome
, we hosted a public panel discussion that addressed new approaches to tackling intergenerational disadvantage and socio-educational dysfunction that cripples our most depressed areas. As we suggested in the paper, we have lost from our most disadvantaged areas the foundational moral institutions that can build the resilience, discipline and confidence that our children need.
To reverse this damaging trend, we proposed a new network of transformative educational institutions of Military Academies, officially backed by the Armed Services and delivered by the Cadet Associations which would teach the skills and discipline required to alter outcomes for those who live in our most troubled towns and cities. The event featured a panel who explored the assumption underlying this proposal as well as the best ways of implementing this idea.