Victoria’s first director of education, Frank Tate, a eugenicist, adopted many of [Richard] Berry’s ideas. Tate supported a multi-streamed system of secondary education in which students at the age of 12 would be funnelled into vocational or academic schools.
In Victoria, a system of technical schools was established mainly in the northern and western suburbs in the 1920s. This was because Tate believed that the working class was genetically fit for a vocational education, but not an academic one. As his friend Berry said, ”You can’t put a brain where there isn’t one.”
[Reposted from xntrek]