Boris Johnson calls for state schools to be able to select academically

The Times is reporting that Boris Johnson has challenged government policy with a call for schools to be able to use academic selection as a way of stimulating competition and excellence…

In an interview with The Times, Boris Johnson is reported to have challenged the Conservative leadership to use academic selection as a “tool of social mobility”.

However, the report notes that he is not calling for a return to all children to be divided at eleven, but saying that selective education may be appropriate if not at 11 then at later stages in a child’s development. 

In the interview he is quoted:

“Schools need to be able to use the tool of academic selection as a way of stimulating competition and excellence. It works. Its beneficiaries can be seen all over the House of Commons, all over government and in all the upper echelons of British life. I do think it perverse, to say the least, that a large group of people who benefited from a ruthlessly selective approach to education themselves are depriving by statute the vast majority of the population from that tool.”

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Comments

  1. BehaviourA

    I wouldn’t support this anyway, but in rural areas and small towns with one secondary school this is a nonsense. We HAVE to work towards a point where schools are sufficiently supported and funded to meet ALL local students needs – from those with learning difficulties to G&T – and everything in between. Flexibility and creativity and enough staff and resources to do it properly and effectively.

  2. Boris’s phrase ‘ruthlessly selective approach’ speaks volumes.  He’s the one who said the harder you shake a cornflake box the more the big flakes rise to the top.  And those at the bottom not only aren’t equal in ‘raw ability’ but also ‘spiritual worth’.  Has a nasty whiff of ‘untermensch’ about it.  http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2013/11/bell-curves-cornflakes-and-the-bible-boriss-latest-lecture/

  3. TW

    The upper echelons of British life are dominated by a tiny group of self-righteous and self-seeking incompetents with a perverse sense of entitlement who have misruled the country for decades with the result that life has become appalling for millions for the benefit of those ‘upper’ echelons.

  4. Dramathesps

    SchoolsImprove when will people realise education should not be about schools competing, but the best education possible for each child

  5. Dramathesps

    SchoolsImprove when will people realise education should not be about schools competing, but the best education possible for each child

  6. minxtwit

    SchoolsImprove MayorofLondon hv independent sector for that purpose!Improve education for all! #WimbledonFinal

  7. minxtwit

    SchoolsImprove MayorofLondon hv independent sector for that purpose!Improve education for all! #WimbledonFinal

  8. Phil_TRFC

    SchoolsImprove marvellous, why didn’t I think of that…any other Tories got a stupid point of view? Make him the next Education Secretary!

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