Educationists know that it is possible to get positive results from any child given the right environment. The Government may find it hard to swallow but there should be more provision for disadvantaged children and further help available, if necessary, when they become adults. If appropriate education can be made available early on, possibly only a tiny proportion will need assistance as adults.
Among the vast numbers struggling to live on Social Security benefits are many who were once educationally fragile children and who are now frightened, unskilled adults without the means or self-esteem to cope independently.
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