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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Is there another Eleven Plus system?

Just a thought.

The Austrians hold a strong belief in the `Bildung' - and this is a term that implies culture as well as knowledge. Some of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century were nurtured in the hothouse atmosphere of the `Gymnasien' - which is very close to our grammar schools today.

In Austria, at ten years old, children divide into two streams - one vocational and one more academic. I don't know how hard some parents push for their children to be in the more academic environment. If anyone knows please share with us.

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