R. Mark Clayton
2017-04-15 08:43:16 UTC
Since the government announce new grammar schools could open, we have been flooded with claims about how socially divisive they are, back up by stat's showing that children from deprived backgrounds don't go to them: -
but of course the article omits the fact that the few remaining grammar schools are almost all in relatively affluent areas, such as the home counties - deprived areas like the big northern cities (Trafford excepted) closed down their grammar schools half a century ago and ran schools badly - e.g. Manchester slammed by Ofsted soon after it was created.
In addition, whilst the jury is still out (for the politically correct anyway) on whether intelligence is heritable - whether it is nature (genetic) or nurture (dumped in front of the telly with a dummy in their mouths) children from deprived families are typically a already year behind their peers when they first arrive at school - so their chances of academic progress are already hampered before they even encounter their first teacher.
I haven't got a torch for grammar schools, but should socialist spouting get a Google going over?