Labour leadership candidate Ed Balls has accused the Coalition of trying to reintroduce selection into the education system by stealth. He said the plan announced by schools minister Michael Gove would allow quasi – independent academies to choose brighter pupils.
The comprehensive education system has become one of the sacred cows of the “progressive left” in spite of its very obvious failure. The old Grammar School system only segregated on grounds of intelligence whereas the system now with its postcode lottery and the growth of private schools for the rich segregates on grounds of parental wealth, social class and geographic location. Intelligence does not enter the equation. So the selective way was more egalitarian, what are the leftie whiners on about. Are they afraid of losing their core vote if working class pupils are given a chance to raise their aspirations?
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