The UK needs a wholehearted commitment to comprehensive schooling
by Michael Pyke
Posted: 21 May, 2015
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I have taught for most of my career in comprehensive schools and strongly believe in them, not only because of my personal experiences but because empirical evidence from all over the world shows that they are the most effective model for educating a whole population. However, in the UK their effectiveness is undermined by (a) the fact that we have comprehensive schools but not a universally comprehensive system; (b) the deep rooted British prejudice that only a minority is worth educating; (c) the continued existence of an overpowerful, elitist system of private schools; (d) a political narrative that offers education as an essentially private, rather than public, good to be competed for by means of a quasi-market; (e) an under-educated teaching force which is denied both adequate professional development and proper professional autonomy by meddling and deeply ignorant politicians...I could go on! Since retiring from school teaching I have joined the NEC of CASE and am its media spokesperson.