Hi - thanks for this. An interesting post.
In the letter referenced in second link, the gentleman says:
The obvious solution is to abandon the failed policy of comprehensive education. Over the last 40 years our educational standards have fallen, illiteracy rates raised and there is a general feeling that our education system is now one of the worst in Europe. Parents are being forced to accept poor education, in an attempt to validate a left wing aspiration for fully comprehensive education.
I'd be interested to know whether this is true, but I don't really know anything about the subject myself.
Can anyone confirm whether:
(a) our education system is worse than others in Europe
(b) the other countries who have overtaken us have done so by adopting or retaining a policy of selective schools from age 11