For a brief moment today I thought the parents of Medway, in Kent were revolting over the existence of the inequitable 11-plus and were demanding comprehensivisation. I was mistaken, but my error was understandable given I had read the following headline:
Alas, this BBC headline was not reporting on mass parental rejection of a biased method of educational selection which is weighted towards the reproduction of working class disadvantage. Rather, it refers to delays at last Saturday’s 11-plus tests held at Rainham School for Girls and Chatham Grammar School for Boys. According to BBC News, the local MP, Rehman Christi responded to his constituents’ concerns:
“I have asked Medway Council to fully investigate the matter and to ensure that no pupil was disadvantaged as a result.”
His concern that the 11-plus tests may have disadvantaged some pupils is intriguing. On days when test centres run according to schedule, are we to assume the absence of disadvantage? Or, are we merely to accept the disadvantage inherent in the 11-plus as inevitable and necessary?