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By Malcolm Armsteen
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The last education thread died about nine years ago, so time for a new one as we go towards a post-Covid world. Much has happened under the coalition and then the Tories, very little of it good if you were looking to see the goods of education shared more widely.

So a very interesting piece to read, here: ... n-likes-it
Students of our current prime minister will recognise this philosophy, as in his 2013 Margaret Thatcher lecture, where he talked about people being “very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth”. “The harder you shake the pack,” said Boris Johnson, “the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.”
Fast forward to the 20th century, and the convulsive shock of the second world war laid bare the need for free compulsory education for all – but without losing sight of the cornflake pack. So, a selective system was introduced in which children were sifted into different institutions according to ability and class.

In the past 75 years, rather than dismantling that we replaced it with a “quasi schools’ market” so that, under the veneer of more equality, a similar hierarchy could comfortably allow the better-off to dominate the towering heights of education and society.
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