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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Concept of the Eleven Plus

Would some parents pray that their child turns into a stereotypical eleven plus candidate? Would it be fair to presume that this wonder child works hard, is always obedient, friendly and is kind to small animals and parents?

Can parents rely on the evidence supplied by trained eleven plus observers to see if their child would fit into a category called: “Deemed successful at the eleven plus, worthy of a place in a grammar school.”? We would hope that a trained judge would be superior in interpersonal accuracy and understanding the influence of standardised scores, but would a trained judge want to include children who did not fit the stereotype?

We know that stereotypes would often follow similar behaviour.

We know too that it sometimes becomes rather difficult to make a judgement on a person who is remarkably different from ourselves.  

I used a picture of a group of Teddy Boys, taken from a website, to try to find an example of young men dressed to portray an image. Would it be impossible to take a picture of a group of eleven plus hopefuls and imagine that they could represent a moment in time? Years ago some people used to fear the Teddy Boys. 

Today there could, possibly, still some who abhor the whole concept of the eleven plus. Parents just have to stick together and hope that their children behave correctly on the day.