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Thread #166877   Message #4017318
Posted By: punkfolkrocker
05-Nov-19 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics?
Subject: RE: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics?
This has the makings of an interesting thread,
providing personal grudges don't bugger it up...

I don't have time now, but can say I attended both,
and suffered the consequences...

Very strict all boys Grammar school until end of third or fourth year [hazy memory]
Then we were forced to join with the nearest secondary school and go Comprehensive...
Better still, the girls Grammar was included in the package deal..
Sheer teenage anarchy ensued...
hooliganism, vandalism, teachers having breakdowns, electric guitars, snogging...
Just as we should have been gearing up for 0 levels...
I went from near top of the class, to skiving off and failing most exams...!!!
..actually, I didn't even bother turning up for some of them...

That summer holiday required emergency meetings between parents and principle
of the new 6th form college I'd be attending...

Being forced to go through that sudden ill prepared transition from gramar to comprehensive
fucked me up for the rest of my life..
..and my family had their hopes dashed that grammar school would guarantee me
a passport from council estate to a career in the middle class professsions...