But why consider this when you can cleave to the myth that a return to the notion that a child's future can be, and should be, determined by a test they do when they're eleven years old is what is needed to help "bright working-class kids escape the hell of inner-city comps"? Yes, give your Daily Mail prejudices a prolier-than-thou veneer if you can. But before you do so, consider this question: can you explain to me why, exactly, a child has to be 'bright' to qualify for escape from a situation you consider to be 'hell'?Oh AMEN: it's a source of endless bemusement to me that some people seem to think that a system is only a good when it benefits them and their supposed 'bright offspring' rather than offering anything to those who may not as yet, if ever, demonstrate such 'brightness' (and how arbitrary are some of those measures of brightness may be at age 11 anyway...)
Friday, April 11, 2008
On 'neighbourhood schools'
Shuggy provides a brief commentary on how it is actually neighbourhood rather than the non-existent comprehensive schools that do best in this country, culminating in the following glorious bite: