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Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class



30 March 2017

Selective high schools in Australia are both popular and controversial. Many more children seek enrolment in them than gain entry.

Public commentary since the late 1990s has accused these schools of being both hijacked by private coaching colleges, and racially unbalanced — enrolling disproportionate numbers of "Asian" students.

To properly understand the nature of selective schools today, you have to go back to when they first opened.

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