chapter  9
Is Britain a meritocracy?
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In the week of the 3rd to the 9th March, 1958, 17,414 binhs throughout Britain were recorded and logged as part of a huge and unique research project designed to collect information about the children's health, education and development. The researchers have tried their best to stay in contact with all of these children ever since, and on five occasions they have revisited them (and, where appropriate, their parents, their schools and their eventual panners) and funher documented the development of their lives. The last time they were interviewed was in 1991, when they were aged 33, and by then there were sti1111,397 of the original panel of individuals on whom at least some information was obtained.