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The lesson from Canada: Why Australia should have fewer selective schools

Perry, L.B. (2015) The lesson from Canada: Why Australia should have fewer selective schools. The Conversation, 19 February 2015 .

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Abstract

In most English-speaking countries, students are guaranteed a place at their local public high school. Students also have a right to apply for admission to a school of their choice, such as a private school or a non-local public school.

While students have a right to apply to a school of their choice, schools also have a right to choose their students. For example, they may use entrance examinations or prior academic performance to select students. Religiously oriented schools may only grant admission to active members of the faith.

Most English-speaking countries have a comprehensive system of secondary education, in which there is just one type of secondary school that offers both academic as well as technical/vocational subjects. In most comprehensive education systems, students are guaranteed a place at their local public school and school selectivity is minimal.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
Copyright: The Author
Publishers Website: http://theconversation.com/au
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/29721
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