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New grammar schools are a distraction from real educational reform
I live and have taught in Kent, myself, and have seen private tuition emerge as one of the few growth industries in the area. Well-meaning parents send their offspring to tutors increasingly early in their schooling, placing more and more pressure on them to pass 'The Test' (which, of course, happens around the same time as SATs).
The motivation to succeed is not to get a place in a Grammar School so much as NOT to get a place elsewhere. Ability is not the criterion for enrolment with a private tutor; what's needed is a combination of fear and wealth.
Yet Grammar Schools remain hugely popular with large sections of the public, and especially with members of the Conservative Party and its supporters.
The debate usually falls back on a series on unsubstantiated assumptions, such as: