The Big British Ed Debate: Grammar vs Comp

And so the race has begun, will the British Grammar be back? Or will we find alternative solutions to improve our education system, as it stands at present?

The Debate…

As most British people’s are aware (or at least I would expect to be the case) our newly appointed Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, has ignited a heated and controversial debate regarding reestablishing the Grammar school. She has been accused of being retrograde in her reasoning and surprisingly there seems to be substantive opposition from MP’s as well as from members of the general public, who themselves are grammar alumni. Mrs May argues that in the current climate of concern over failing comprehensives, the best solution would be to bring back the grammars. She has expressed fervently on the topic that in doing so Britain will see greater improvements in social mobility, granting greater opportunities and higher prospects not just for a select few but for all.

My thoughts…

Education in Britain, much akin to other sectors influenced by Eurocentric mentality and culture, are based upon the foundation of an unhealthy attitude that endorses individualism and supremacy. It is divisive at it’s very core. More often than not the pressure of competition and rivalry between parents is very much embedded in grammar school education and so entry into such schools becomes as much if not more of an issue of status and reputation, than the quality of education itself. I am sure that grammar schools in the past have made some positive contribution towards social mobility, just as I am sure that many other types of schools have supported similarly. But personally I do not feel that grammar education is a major contributor in balancing the scales and I believe that comprehensive education has so much potential, across the the whole of Britain, to make massive improvements to benefit the majority, if not all.

BBC Question Time 15.09.16 …

Opening the debate was of course the topic of grammar school education vs comprehensive schooling. As always there was as much animation and colourful dynamics amongst the panellists – Anna Soubry MP, John McDonnell MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Quentin Letts and Alastair Campbell – as there was displayed on David Dimbleby’s eccentric choice of tie (personally a massive fan). It seemed that there was an overwhelming preference against the return of the grammar, and as much cynicism raised about whether grammar schooling really has that much to offer, as it is believed to be the case; with much statistical data hinting that grammar schools are not all that great for the majority.

But I was particularly pleased to hear two audience members raise the point of the need for greater investment to be directed towards comprehensives in order to raise the quality and standards of education available to all children, especially in an unfortunate climate where many young individuals are burdened with learning difficulties and or mental health issues.

The debate continues and it’s an important one to have.

Grammar, to be or not to be …


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