What 2 blogs in day, the bastard must be on steroids. But, I’ve just read Margaret Drabble and her despair at the continuing shitty bollocks that is private schooling in this benighted and intolerant country of ours: new thesis: this country’s intolerance is cultivated and fostered via the private school system. The inspiration for this bonus blog is a paragraph from a comment about Drabbles’ article, I think it brilliant:
Throw vast resources at pupils overwhelmingly from families of the upper and middle classes… and celebrate the result as an educational success? It’s a success, all right — as a fiddle.
We all pay the price of those expensive educations, even those who seem to benefit from them. We pay for them in our white vans and our Daimlers, in our subservience and our anger, in our hatreds and resentments.
It’s at the heart of everything that makes Britain shit — shit in ways most other modern democracies have left behind.
And it’s wrong because it’s being “slavishly imitated by the state sector”. Drabble doesn’t quite get at the heart of this aspect of the problem, which isn’t that state schools are putting on airs. It’s rather that the principle of exclusion — of defining the quality of a school in terms of whom it manages to protect its pupils from associating with — is a disease.
Fee-paying schools are like the bad kind of prion, the kind that tricks an entire brain into replicating its structure, and ultimately turns it to squalid mush. The identities that educational stratification plays such a central role in beating into people leads to a kind of generalised moral and cultural stupefaction.”
Entirely reflects my thoughts.
My prime manifesto policy:
- To rid ourselves of the cancer that is private education in this country, time to move on from the 19th century.