Further proof has emerged today to show that school selection favours the middle classes and is disproportionately biased against the poor.
It turns out, from a sample study of three Education authorities, that schools were selected pupils on the basis of whether the parents were married or not, if they attend church and if they cared to make a "voluntary" donation to the school when applying.
Now let's look at these things again.
Which social group has the highest rate of divorce or unmarried unmarried mums ?
Which social group is least likely to attend church ?
Which social group is least likely to be able to afford to make a donation ?
And to think some people still maintain that selection is a fair method.
Putting aside the argument that selection, or parent choice as it is called at the moment, is already biased in favour of the rich and middle classes who can afford to have two cars and can afford to drive their children to the other side of town. Anyone working in a poorer area knows that for the deprived who might have no car, there really is no parent choice at all.