Wealth can have an impact on your success in school, according to a new report

The report says that separating kids by ability does more harm than good

Increasing the number of schools which select students by their ability (grammar schools) could have a damaging effect on equality in the UK.

What it means: Grammar schools are a really controversial topic in the UK. They're free, and tend to get better results than non-selective schools, but students have to take an exam to get into them, and lots of people say that those exams favour people from richer backgrounds.

In fact, according to a recent study, only a tiny proportion of children eligible for "free schools meals" – which is often used to signify children from   backgrounds – go to grammar schools in the UK. In other words, the children from the poorest backgrounds aren't going to these schools, however 'able' they are.

Grammar schools have a reputation for high academic achievement, which is why a lot of people think there should be more of them in the UK. But according to the report, once you take into account that kids are more 'able' and tend to be from more privileged backgrounds, they don't actually 'perform' any better. These kids were statistically more likely to do well in school anyway.

Basically, the bottom line of the report is that separating kids by ability damages 'social cohesion', and doesn't actually do that much to further their education. "It's a bad policy", the author of the report said.

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Reader Comments

  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?