Soundings

Separate development

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.493 (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:493
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds

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    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? …

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