It’s not always easy to stay optimistic in the battle against inequality in education. Because things are going the wrong way at the moment. More than ever before, success (or failure) in the education system tends to be inherited from one generation to the next – at both ends of society. At the same time, gender stereotypes in schools create structural inequality. But we mustn’t give up, because there’s plenty to fight for. Even though the results rarely reflect the effort invested.