Positive Discrimination in Admissions: I'm Very Anrgy. Watch

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(Original post by Airport Fairy)
You're getting a bit bothered by all this. It's only a debate for argument's sake. We're all friends here. I think you're missing the point anyway. I'm not bitter at all. If I could have my life and education again I wouldn't change it. I loved school, and my experiences have made me who I am. I just think that people who get the chance to go to a really good private school have much better opportunities than a lot of people, and despite what you may say, scholarships are not that easy to come by. Not full scholarships anyway, so you're still eliminating people with very little money and people like me, whose family could stretch to paying for one child, but decide not to pay for any of them on the grounds that they can't do it for all of them. If people who manage to go to these schools do get better opportunities, something needs to be done to compensate in some way, so that state school pupils have equal chances once everyone's taking A-levels. Of course it's risky, and you can never get it exactly right, but this is about fairness. I'm not saying universities should favour state school applicants over private school applicants just for the sake of it, but looking at each application in its context helps to get a little bit more insight into the applicant and allows the admissions tutor to use discretion where necessary. If someone's gone to a really really awful school and come out with AAA, they've got to be amazing, whereas at a really good school, AAA could be the norm.
I totally agree, I went to a rubbish comp but looking back I had fun and the enviroment definately shaped who I am today, although I do feel that if at a better school (not even public, just a better comp) I would have got much better GCSE grades and been better advised when choosing my AS levels.
With regards to whether schools should be a factor in universitry applications I think that AAA aren't the grades that should be being debated, as more often than not that is the best one can get. However if two applicants get BBB, one from a good school (averaging BBB) and one from another averaging say CDD, it is slightly more likely that the latter will go on to succeed at uni, in my opinion.
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We could have a student's percentile which will reflect how well he or she did compared to the rest of their school. Then look at the average of that school.
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Wow, haven't spotted that my thread actually made it to 194 posts. I thought this one died out with nobody noticing!
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(Original post by kitch)
No, life is not about discrimination. It is about reeping what you sow. If you put the work in, you should get the reward.

(Original post by kitch)
Just because my mum valued my education to take action and not send me to the sh*t local comp that gets about 30% pass rate? Surely that should be praised, not discriminated against?
but if you reap what you sow then you would have got the same grades at the comp with the 30% pass rate?
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