Thursday, June 25, 2009

Defending the Grammar Schools

David Davis launched a robust defence of the grammar school system, as befits a Bec Old Boy (former sharers of Northey Avenue!). Amongst other things, he asserts that its virtual disappearance only benefited the public school elites, destroying the chances of many like himself -

"Today we are witnessing the results of a failed revolution, where egalitarians abolished grammar schools to level opportunity in our society, and accidentally destroyed the chances of the very people they were trying to help... They punished the bright poor kids who were held back. They handicapped the intellectual capacity of the country. And out of this catastrophe there was only one winning group. Do you know who they were? Yes, the public schools. Who teach just 7 per cent of the population."

Go David! Defender of liberty, proponent of grammar schools - he's rapidly becoming my favourite politician!

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