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The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School

David Turner


To many in the United Kingdom, the British public school remains the disliked and mistrusted embodiment of privilege and elitism. They have educated many of the country's top bankers and politicians over the centuries right up to the present, including the current prime minister. This vibrant history of Great Britain's public schools, from the foundation of Winchester College in 1382 to the modern day, offers a fresh reappraisal of the controversial educational system. The author argues that public schools are, in fact, good for the nation and are presently enjoying their true “Golden Age,” co ... More

Keywords: British public schools, privilege, elitism, Winchester College, education system, intellectual history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300189926
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300189926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Turner, author
Financial Times