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We'd all miss out if selective schools were dismantled

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In the past few days, critics have painted a dark picture of selective schools: elitist children becoming depressed while simultaneously inflicting damage on their comprehensive school peers by leaving them behind. Reference is made to immigrants, lumping selective schools into an issue of race – that selective schools are harbouring an excessive number of them (with the xenophobic inference that we don't like immigrants to gather in numbers) and that these evil parents enslave their children into tuition in order to get them into these schools.

I went to the selective Sydney Girls High School. I grew up in a socially disadvantaged background, and travelled for an hour-and-a-half each way, every day, to get to Surry Hills and back. I sat the exam, got in, took a while to settle in and make friends, had my ups and downs, but I never attributed any of the negative experiences to the school itself. I received a phenomenal education, surrounded by girls who wanted to learn, who were not afraid to speak up because........

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