Education: Second-Chance Schools

High school for everybody, in a form that Americans would recognize and even envy, is reaching England at last. In the nation that Disraeli once divided between the Privileged and the People, a new kind of high-standards school that mixes all social classes has won a broad beachhead.

As late as World War II, most English children were still leaving school at the age of 14. Publicly supported secondary education was so selective that only one child in eight got any. The historic Education Act of 1944 established free secondary schooling for all. Now...

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