17th December 1999 at 00:00
MICHAEL Barber says that the 20th century has been one of educational progress.

In many ways this is right. Comprehensives have addressed the social divisions which came from selection, universities are now open to a much wider layer of people.

However, surely Barber is not suggesting that the mania for privatising schools and education authorities is progress? It is going back to before the 1870 Act.

Keith Flett

38 Mitchley Road, London N17

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