Separate developmentBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.493 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:493
- James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
During August my journey to work is faster than usual. In term time the route is cluttered with schoolchildren. Near my home, pupils of both genders walk to a state school. Near the hospital a line of upmarket cars disgorges grammar schoolboys who are visibly different, mainly because they wear their shirt tails inside their trousers.
Halfway between home and work a group of Muslim schoolgirls in white head-dresses waits to be bussed to yet another school. The sight always depresses me. I wonder which form of educational apartheid I dislike most—separate development by gender, by social class, or by religion? …