Whose envy are we talking about?

Anne McElvoy has a peculiarly twisted view of any opposition to selection in education when she describes it as pandering "to the old demons of envy" ("The end of the Project?", 31 July). As an ex-grammar school boy whose three children all went to grammar schools but who, despite having a First Class honours degree, refused to teach in one, it would be difficult to pin envy on me. What I do possess is loathing of a system that divides children from their friends and even siblings at the age of 11 on the basis of a quite discredited test, that breaks up communities and classifies more than 60 per cent of our children as failures. Perhaps she would have classified opposition to apartheid as envy!

Malcolm Horne
Bucks Parents for Comprehensive Education
Chalfont, Buckinghamshire