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May 18, 2007

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felix

I was lucky to go from a council estate church primary(a classmate got to Cambridge) to a grammar school, but a classmate who failed his 11 plus got to university too.I guess exclusions and gang culture were not significant then in Essex.
Taxation and employment and housing opportuities created a less unequal society , in the 1960s when the family unit was stronger and more clearly defined, so I think the solutions are not to be found through tinkering with education. Would I stay in Hackney for offspring's secondary education? No.
A shame but that is the reality,as long as an anti-learning and gang culture thrives in our secondary schools. As you say, we will await to see whether the academies can change the culture of forerunner schools. But knee-jerk reactions of the anti-academy brigade are not helpful because there was no status quo option available.

felix

I was lucky to go from a council estate church primary(a classmate got to Cambridge) to a grammar school, but a classmate who failed his 11 plus got to university too.I guess exclusions and gang culture were not significant then in Essex.
Taxation and employment and housing opportuities created a less unequal society , in the 1960s when the family unit was stronger and more clearly defined, so I think the solutions are not to be found through tinkering with education. Would I stay in Hackney for offspring's secondary education? No.
A shame but that is the reality,as long as an anti-learning and gang culture thrives in our secondary schools. As you say, we will await to see whether the academies can change the culture of forerunner schools. But knee-jerk reactions of the anti-academy brigade are not helpful because there was no status quo option available.

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