I'm a grammar school girl and here's what I think about the Rosie Duffield controversy
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It has recently emerged that anti-grammar school Labour MP, Rosie Duffield, sent both of her sons to selective schools, sparking debate over her intentions. Throughout her election campaign newly appointed Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, maintained an adamantly anti-grammar school stance. Indeed, the MP was recorded as claiming that grammar schools are “not the way forward” and that the 11+, the admissions test for these selective schools, is a “horrible, divisive and stressful thing.” The MP furthered her criticism of the institutions by noting that the conservative plan to create more grammar schools was simply a “vanity project” which only promised to “waste money”. However, as it has since emerged that both of Duffield’s sons were sent by the MP to Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury, she was clearly happy to put her own children through a “horrible, devise and stressful” experience so long as it had the potential to advance their academic careers. Indeed, it seems that although Miss Duffield has claimed that creating grammar schools would be of little importance to the education of thousands of other people’s children, the so called “vanity project” was chosen for her own. Such revelation has created much debate, with some claiming Miss Duffield was simply choosing the best school available within the current system while others have slammed the MP as both hypocritical and self-serving.
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