Jerry Glazier was lambasted by the talkRADIO host in a feisty debate when he tried to argue that grammar schools should be abolished.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce more funding for free schools in the budget on Wednesday, which are set to become grammars once Theresa May lifts the ban on new selective learning centres.
The member of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) however argued that this would deny many children the chance to advance in the education system.
He said: “I am fearful and the National Union of Teachers is fearful that this government is not interested ultimately in every kid.
Julia Hartley-Brewer argued that elitism and grammar schools would improve UK education
“It’s bringing back an element of elitism which will be counter productive to an effective education system in the long term and in the best interests of all the children.”
The angry host then fired back into the member of the NUT accusing him of talking absolute “nonsense” before arguing that elitism is a good thing.
She said: “You say elitism, can I just clarify, do you think that I for instance should be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games even though I am a bit rubbish at throwing, catching, running and pretty much everything physical?”
“Because if we are going to be anti-elitism, why on earth do we only allow our best people in our Olympic team.”
Elitism is a damn good thing. What we don’t want is what we have got at the current time
The union member argued back that was completely different due to the “competitive” nature of the environment.
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However, the host continued in her rage as she insisted that elitism is used in many sectors, so why not in education.
She added: “I can’t play a musical instrument, can I go in the national orchestra?
“You used elitism and I’m sure at your NUT team meetings that goes down really well.
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“You used elitism as a dirty word, I’ll tell you what, when and if my daughter ever needs a lifesaving operation, I’ll be looking for elitism in a choice of the person who operates on my child.
“I want the best qualified, most experience doctor. I would rather someone had three grade A*’s and a top first from a top university before they started operating on my daughter.”
“Elitism is a damn good thing. What we don’t want is what we have got at the current time, which is, we choose children based on their parent's faith, their parent's income, in catchment areas, [or] in a lottery.”