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England: School entry selection by lottery

Posted by kleroterion on Friday, 18 January 2008

Selection by lottery could be just the ticket

(Daily Telegraph, 18 Jan 2008)

Top schools should allocate places ‘by lottery’ Popular schools should choose pupils through lotteries to stop middle-class parents monopolising places, the admissions watchdog said yesterday. Greater regulation is needed because unfettered access to the best schools is leading to social segregation, Philip Hunter, the chief schools adjudicator, said.

Thank you Dr Hunter, for making it clear (to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee of M.P.s) why the Choice Agenda, so popular politically, leads first to covert selection, which can only be countered by random selection, a ballot, a lottery; call it what you will. (Lots more in today’s UK Media on this)

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