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Reader’s Comment of the Day: Our schools smother aspiration


In response to Chris McGovern: Don’t fall for the official spin about soaring school standards, simonstephenson wrote:

The attitudes and policies of the education establishment are not so difficult to understand if one accepts that they work from the absolute primacy of the egalitarian ethic. This means that not only must nothing be proposed that advances elitism or judgement by performance, but also every step taken should be designed in such a way as to reverse, frustrate and put obstacles in the way of any such advancement.

The Establishment is using its power not only to promote its own particular vision of how human life should be, it’s also – in its totalitarian way – doing everything possible to render ineffective all the efforts made at advancement by those who hold a different human vision.

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