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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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The Pauline and the Pasty

The Pauline and the Pasty

(p.259) Chapter Ten The Pauline and the Pasty
The Old Boys

David Turner

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the issue of whether public schools are a curse or a blessing for society. It argues that public schools in their present form do more good than harm. On the debit side, they increase social (though not racial) segregation, but not to the point where this interferes with the effective running of the country; they also widen inequality of opportunity. On the credit side, their existence increases the total amount of education, knowledge and hence opportunity in Britain; they are particularly strong in useful, modern subjects. Their greatest virtue of all, however, is that they provide a necessary diversity of approach to how to educate children. In any field, diversity of method is ultimately beneficial, because it increases the chances that someone, somewhere, will find the best way of achieving success.

Keywords:   British public schools, public school system, public school education, social segregation, inequality

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