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HATTERSLEY LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST SELECTION IN SCHOOLS

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The Independent (Review, p4) carries an extract of a speech by Lord Hattersley, Labour's former deputy leader, who ...
The Independent (Review, p4) carries an extract of a speech by Lord Hattersley, Labour's former deputy leader, who is launching a campaign against selection in schools.

He says: 'Today we commit ourselves to campaign in the 36 local authority areas where selection remains. First to secure a ballot on the schools' future, then to win the ballot for comprehensive education.

'There is also a second campaign that we must fight,' he continues. 'That is the battle against creeping selection. The inevitable result is a hierarchy of esteem. And we know, as a certainty, that once schools are listed in some sort of pecking order, the morale, the intake and the performance of those at the bottom of the imaginary league table inevitably declines.'

The speech concludes: 'The education minister, Stephen Byers, told us that the grammar schools would go when there was a groundswell of opinion against them. Today we meet to begin the campaign that will bring that groundswell about.'
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