(Original post by Ocassus)
Then you acknowledge the concentration problem and that this will do NOTHING to solve it. Most of us agree that there is no 'liberty' to stab someone because it infringes upon the 'golden rule' of post-enlightenment philosophy. However it is substantially more contentious (And given the conservative majority in this country with a small 'c') that parents do not have the freedom to decide how their child is educated.
Morals are subjective, you cannot rationalise an argument based upon them. Socially, are they that bad? Stop being so guilty of stereotyping and look around, the attitudes of individuals at the bottom can be just as bad as those at the top. Again, you cannot base an argument on victimisation. Economically is even more laughable, you take the best schools and damage them in the name of equality? So you bring down the highest performers in society to sate some silly idealistic philosophical crap that is widely acknowledged by even the staunchest leftists to have no bearing in objective fact, but instead relies on some flimsy rhetoric regarding morality.
25% of my year alone are on bursaries (Fully funded). Another 10% are on Scholarships, sporting an academic. Herp derp.
The teachers don't make them the best in Britain, the pupils and the parents do.
Because there are TWO options.
-> Have Positive culture; Have inequality.
-> Have negative culture; Have equality.
There is no middle way, you can't have it both ways. Two successful parents of children cannot turn an entire school around, because their voices will be infinitely suppressed by a centralised bureaucratic system based on democracy and not elitism. NOTHING WOULD CHANGE. Success is rare, but in order to have the 'cultural' effect, it must fill the majority of the ranks of a school.
Herp derp. Millfield and Plymouth, International athletes with curriculums tailored around performance. Facilities include Private 50 meter pools, dedicated running tracks, specialised equipment and staff.
Exeter School, Colyton - 4 A levels are standard or you are kicked out, 5 A levels pushed on all of top setters.
You cannot do that in a state school, end of.
As I have already said, this is a zero sum game. If the MAJORITY of kids in a school are anti social, then the prevalent culture will be to 'otherise' those who are successful, leading to bullying stress etc. The opposite happens in Private and grammar schools, where the MAJORITY of kids are used to the concepts and strive for success, leading otherisation on those who are lazy. You clearly don't know much about sociology.
Addressed in the point above. Drop your moral bull****, that holds no sway.
No economic benefit attainable. Why would you not want to improve state schools so that Private schools simply vanished? Oh wait, you want to take parents who VOLUNTARY pay fees for their children, and FORCE them to pay for everybody else instead (Via higher taxes).
Actually it is, 9000 pounds a year for the top academic day school in my county.
Average salary is ~23K. If you can make sacrifices and live on 17K if you care that much.
You imply that parents are going to care about the wellbeing of other pupils who don't fit with their agenda (namely make sure their kids are better than everybody else).