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The Old BoysThe Decline and Rise of the Public School$
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David Turner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001

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Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945

Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945

(p.164) Chapter Six Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts 1902–1945
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1902 to 1945. Topics covered include the passage of the Education Act of 1902, which marked the beginning of a massive expansion of secondary state education in England and Wales over the next thirty years; the huge casualties suffered by the public schools during the First World War; growth of boarding schools in the years after the end of the First World War; the impact of the Great Depression on the British economy; the role of public schools in the acquisition of empire; and proposals to turn public schools into semi-state, semi-public schools, which many of the day schools had become by taking the king's shilling and accepting government grants.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, Education Act 1902, secondary state education, education policy, boarding schools, day schools, semi-public schools

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