On his blog Catholic Schoolmaster David Forster has posted a rigorous refutation of an article published in last week's Tablet on Catholic school admissions in Westminster. Apparently, some Catholic schools are so oversubscribed that they wish to apply extra Catholicity tests to their applicants, a move deprecated by the diocese whose position - as I have been able to glean it - is that after the basic Catholicity test is passed (baptism seems to suffice) places must go to those who live nearest to the school. I especially enjoyed this section:
Dispersing Social and Cultural Capital. The idea that, by dispersing the pupils who at the moment are in the "best" schools among the others, that you will somehow end up with greater equity and better standards for all, is so threadbare that I'm surprised it is still being circulated. A particular school builds up standards and traditions over a long period, through the hard work of committed staff and pupils. Reorganizing that school does not result in this human capital being spread more fairly - it largely result in it being lost irrecoverably.
Having worked in both comprehensive and grammar schools, I find this logic very persuasive.
If you're looking for something lighter to read, skim through the fifty funniest jokes which have just been assembled by a group of time-wasting researchers whose grants, I hope, will soon be cut! There are one or two ribald ones, as you might expect, but the list is largely good, innocent fun. My favourite was the following:
I said to the Gym instructor "Can you teach me to do the splits?" He said, "How flexible are you?" I said, "I can't make Tuesdays."
Meanwhile, I shall be heading off for the weekend to the Cotswolds to meet some friends of my intended. The wedding is just four weeks tomorrow ...
So let me leave you with a wedding joke:
Did you heat about the two TV aerials who met on a roof, fell in love and got married? The ceremony was rubbish - but the reception was brilliant!
Bonne fin de semaine, as they say in France when they're not on strike ;-)