As a parent of children at grammar school, I have to acknowledge that I am contributing to the lowering of standards in the general state sector.If my children were in the local school, that would be some more potential A grade students with supportive parents who are (mostly!) well behaved.
This is an uncomfortable fact I have to live with because i was not willing to sacrifice their education to the "greater good".Many would call this selfish.
The same arguments can be put forward about Indep education, ie creaming of students of potential high ability, supportive parents etc.
I do not think that everyone who is not in favour of Indep education or grammars is green with jealousy.I know some geuinely sincere parents who opt not to send their children to grammar or indep because of their beliefs.
I personally find the notion that if we abolished all grammars and independent schools, that we would have a totally level educational playing field unrealistic , naive even.
Were this to happen ,in no time at all , the wealthy and the informed would be moving into areas where schools were doing better and the system would still be two tier.
However I am blessed to have children who could pass exams and access the best schools that the state system has to offer.I might feel more strongly if they were struggling academically and I lived in an area where there were lots of grammars and the more able had been seriously creamed off.That would affect the atmosphere and learning environment of the only option I would have.
I suppose all I am saying is that its not always that people are jealous and envious, just feeling disempowered through lack of choice.So when people are "sniffy" about where my children go to school, I try to be a little gracious and not assume they are jealous.
I wouldn't want to be in their position.
Right I am going to take cover now because I
don't expect much agreement