In thedenouement of one of my favourite films, Ratatouille, restaurant food critic,Anton Ego poignantly states:
“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” Anton Ego
Given the right conditions, if someone has it in them, they can thrive to achieve great things. If that same person (or rat) finds themselves in a not-so-nourishing environment, no matter what their talent, malheureusement, they will not flourish.
So, thisdeep Pixar philosophy flared up inside me when when I was reading the fascinating blog exchanges between Heather Fearne and Katharine Birbalsingh on their grammar school stances. Twoof the themes that emerged in this pleasant online dialogue were: that of optimising the limiting resource that is the ‘best staff’, and thepurpose of schools.
Theirblogsgot me thinking about my own positions on grammar schools and on mixed ability teaching. But it also got me thinking about what I think…
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