Archive for January 16th, 2006

Selection: my daughter or your kneecaps

I’ve heard plenty of arguments for preserving the 11+, but this one:

there are fears that abolition of selection could result in paramilitaries exerting pressure on teachers

is a new one on me. (Via Slugger.)

Who’s the PR consultant for this rearguard action of ‘school governors, teachers, parents and former pupils’?

Update 17/01:

The Telegraph made an interesting observation in yesterday’s leader column:

‘And what is more, a third more children from working-class backgrounds in Ulster go on to university than in England. Even those who “fail” at 11-plus tend to do better than those who, in areas where grammars do not exist, go to comprehensive schools. Social mobility – of the respectable sort – is greater in this part of the United Kingdom than in any other.’

Does anyone know where evidence for this remarkable claim might have been obtained? In terms of exams, comprehensive schools – that is, schools which accept students of all abilities, will, all other things being equal, outperform schools composed exclusively of 11-plus “failures”.

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