Saturday, 15 January 2011

TES Magazine January 14 2011

Public schools, supermarket adverts and mouldy grub kick up an online stink.

Earlier this month, The TES Magazine pondered what had happened to that "golden" generation of left-leaning, liberal teachers. So when Richard Knights, who writes an anti-public school blog (abolishpublic posts in The TES online staffroom that about two-thirds of the current Cabinet were educated at public schools, and only 10 at state schools, you might expect a left-wing battle-cry.

Instead, the response is surprisingly conservative (with a big or small "c"). As Lilyofthefield points out: "Successful committed parents throw money at their children's education. Children do well. Dog barks." Other posters point out that Mr Knights' findings only highlight that a public school education can do wonders for your career. "Most who had a privately paid education tend to not end up flipping burgers," says CelticQueen. Nomad, meanwhile, takes a less serious view. "I think (Mr Knights) should be de-bagged and given a jolly good thrashing after lights-out for being such a bounder."

TES January 14 2011

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