Back to divisive education

It is disappointing that your Education Supplement (2 October) could find no space to consider the increase of selection within secondary education. Tony Blair's promise to increase the number of "specialist" schools to 1,000 by 2004 (there were 181 such schools in 1997, including 164 grammar schools) will mean that one in four schools will be better funded and able to select their pupils; and three in four schools will be left with children many of whom see themselves as rejects. This will be bringing back the old socially divided system that was largely abolished by Labour's introduction of the comprehensive system nearly 40 years ago.

Margaret Morris
Socialist Educational Association, London N8

This article first appeared in the 09 October 2000 issue of the New Statesman, Schools that teach children to lie