09:42AM, Tuesday 16 August 2016
Primary schools give children aged from four-11 years the opportunity to learn as much or more than 14-year-old school leavers of one hundred years ago. Most children thrive academically and socially while attending a mixed ability primary school of moderate size near their home.
But 11-18-years-old is a further seven years of compulsory education alongside increasing divergence of educational needs and goals, extracurricular interests, maturity and independence.
Inclusive education at one local comprehensive school does not necessarily give the best outcome for specific groups; state education has reflected this by authorising local sixth form colleges, academies and free schools.
Why should grammar schools, which traditionally nationally educated the academically inclined from all social groups, be restricted?
Teenage years are tough, but tempered when practicable schooling is compatible to each individual: the choices sustaining motivation and honing talent, with opportunity for recreation and local friendships before increasing range and responsibility.
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