I see no reason why anyone can think that the reduction of the 11+ and the Grammar school system has been a success.
It was done so everyone had equal access to education and stop a divisive system of which pupils are selected on merit. Which was not allowed under the Labour government, stopping a meritocracy society and wanting to include everyone as ‘winners’.
The problem is this then creates a society divide as the the private school educated students are achieving higher standards of numeracy, literacy and science compared to state schools. All the while the nation as a whole is slipping down the OECD rankings as the comprehensive schools system is not the one that works.
In 2005 the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) passed a motion to bring back Grammar schools after a motion by Mr Morris, he stated
“The Labour party took the road of political expediency for a quick fix when it abandoned grammar schools in favour of the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to education through comprehensive schools.”
“Social inclusion is wonderful in theory, but clearly does not produce the results anticipated prior to its introduction.”
The fact is that while we have been taking on the concept of the single education system the gap between the rich and poor has grown and the numeracy, literacy and science skills have been reduced. The so called divisive system has now created a division between those who can afford to send their children to private school and those who can’t. If we focus too much on the issue of where people are educated as a reason for inclusion at university, all it will serve to do is reduce the levels of our universities on the world stage. It should be down to merit alone.
Some people may well say, but we are average in numeracy, literacy and above average in science. I don’t see this as a great thing, reduction in education standards is never to be seen as that. Maybe a return to the Grammar school system would change this, I am not an expert. That’s why I would like to see the issue being discussed as the current one really isn’t working, will the school independence from Local Education Authorities that an academy brings help? I hope so, however why look to alternatives when the Grammar school system was one which did the job well.