Wednesday, June 14, 2006
It was then the mask slipped.
After an attempt to misrepresent public opinion on the issue Bunting let the class hatred which lies behind the attempt to destroy grammar schools shine forth. Listen to his remarks about middle class parents, the desire for private education and (for some reason best known to himself) Sports Utility Vehicles. Nothing about improving the lot of pupils in secondary schools. Nothing about addressing the need for proper vocational education. Just bile directed to those who defend the current system. The language, the invective used reminded me of the dying days of the Left at Manchester University almost twenty years ago. I can only hope this outburst signified the dying days of those, like Bunting, who are using the debate about selection to advance their out dated class based agenda.
Compare and contrast with UK teaching organisations calling for the return of selection in England!
Let's also have a look at the facts (courtesy of the Times):
"Northern Ireland still selects by 11-plus and the results have been startling. The percentage of pupils gaining five GSCEs at good grades is ten points higher than in England. At A Level, too, schoolchildren in Northern Ireland outperform their English counterparts: 30 per cent of subjects taken were awarded an A grade last year, compared with 22 per cent in England.
It is indisputable that bright children, particularly from lower-income families, benefit from a grammar-school education.