Monday, January 09, 2006

Conservatives to shun the parental vote

Is David Cameron continuing to pursue public sector votes by reassuring teachers that a future Conservative Government would not re-introduce academic selection?

If it is so bad, and I don't believe it is, why allow schools to select even 10% of their pupils on academic ability? Do any parents struggle to find places in good schools for their children?

The best way to improve standards and social mobility across the UK would be the wholesale return of academic selection. Period.

2 comments:

James said...

The best way to improve standards and social mobility across the UK would be the wholesale return of academic selection.

Actually the best way would be to ensure that all the schools in the system were excellent and capable of giving world class education. But that's not very likely, is it?

Snafu said...

James, how do you ensure all schools are excellent when the abilities of children differ so markedly?

Why not extend streaming from individual classes to whole schools if streaming can be demonstrated to work?

Academic selection based upon ability negates the impact of middle class parents who, quite rightly in the best interests of their own children, play the system by moving to areas with good schools, thereby driving up local house prices and socially excluding equally ambitious parents whose wallets may not stretch as far.

When some of the best schools in the current system are Grammar schools, why restrict them because of political dogma? I want to as many pupils as possible to benefit from a world class education, I don't beleive comprehensives offer that except in limited parts of the country.