LETTER: Mediocrity is not OK with me

Yes, do let us abolish grammar schools and other divisive institutions, such as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Royal Schools of Art, Ballet and Opera etc, which are available only to the talented few. To these we must also get rid of those Centres of Excellence restricted just to training promising young footballers, cricketers, athletes and other sporting achievers. Surely that is not fair on the less motivated pupil? Dividing youngsters again.

We must also stop any education in the homes of ambitious parents. No more concern about homework and no educational visits – here or abroad. There should be no passing on of scholastic, handicraft or sporting skills and multi-lingual parents must not teach other languages to their offspring. Private swimming or horse-riding lessons? Not allowed. No unequal opportunities.

If only we could adopt the views of the UK’s educational establishment in commerce too. Innovative and successful companies could be punished in the worthy cause of fairness.

No doubt we would suffer in economic terms in competition with nations striving for excellence but at least we would operate under the noble banner of ‘Mediocrity Rules. OK.’

For the overwhelming majority of pupils two factors really matter in their education: good teaching and positive parental involvement.

The grammar school question is irrelevant.

Michael Black

Hardwick Road

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