School mix

Peter Wilby (Inside track, 3 March) yet again exposes the malaise in our education system. It is the drive for academic uniformity in particular that is marginalising a large proportion of the population, many of whom are poor. This results in a largely unhappy and unfulfilled generation emerging from the system. "Education" has its roots in the Latin educere, meaning to draw out. Education should draw out the natural talents of every individual so that his or her full potential can be achieved. That way, we get a diverse population. It is well known that companies thrive on a mix of people with different ideas, talents and aims, so why not countries?

Dick Bowdler

Culross, Perthshire

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This article first appeared in the 10 March 2008 issue of the New Statesman, How Hillary did it