…One fascinating charity I have met since starting the Idler Academy is Real Action. It uses old-fashioned methods to teach literacy to poor children in west London. Education director Katie Ivens says that in six months of weekly two-hour sessions, they can improve a child’s reading age by 13 months. Again, she says that the over-riding characteristic of young gang members in the area is their inability to read or write. So this sort of teaching has immense practical value.

We hope to be working closely with Real Action in the future and we are starting to plan bursaries for their kids to attend our grammar classes and philosophy classes. To teach good grammar is not particularly difficult and can completely transform lives.

Extract from article by Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler and head of the Idler Academy, published in The Independent on Sunday on 8 August 2012 (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/tom-hodgkinson-how-grammar-can-keep-you-out-of-jail-8026623.html)