He now says, while advocating the abolition of A-levels:
It does not matter if that means our brightest children do not reach such high standards as they now attain in their A-level specialist subjects.
I wonder what he said, from 1970 to 1986, to parents of able children at Westminster about the value of A-levels.
The choice is surely not between A-levels for a small minority while 'other ranks leave at 16 and swell an uneducated workforce', vs an examination system that fails to stretch the brightest children. It must be possible to devise a system that caters for the needs of those who currently find their best expression in the A-level system without failing the group that John Rae chooses to call the 'other ranks'. Only then will we have achieved a truly comprehensive education system.