Letter: The right teachers

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The Independent Culture
Sir: If Tony Blair thinks, as he said in his Labour conference speech, that the class war is over, then I'm afraid he's wrong. Thanks to his plan to ballot parents on the future of grammar schools, the class war in many areas of the country has only just begun.

If the abolitionists win, thousands more parents will choose to move their children from their local community school to a possibly distant independent school, rather than risk their children's educational future in a demotivated ex-grammar school.

Such a shift from the state to the private sector will further exacerbate the prejudice and snobbery between those who have and those who have not.


Amersham, Buckinghamshire