Why Ms Ruane would fail the test — 4 Comments

  1. It’s a subject guaranteed to to prompt incandescent rage (well, I exaggerate a little) whenever it arises in discussion back in Belfast. And that’s among those who always disapproved of the 11+. It’s one thing abolishing the unfair and inadequate old system – but when the replacement is, well, a mess – then that’s not progress.
    It also tends to be pointed out that the architect of the changes sends her own children to schools south of the border.

  2. What I don’t understand is why a party that claims to stand for the poor would introduce changes that actually militate against children from the poorest backgrounds.

  3. I don’t understand the logic, even if there is a search for votes. When working-class people find that they have to pay if they want their kids to even take the test, how are they going to feel?

    And if they try to enforce some sort of ‘zoning’, how are those outside the zones of where they had hoped to send their children going to feel?

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