(Original post by M'Ling)
I'll go off my own experience of A-Levels at my own state school. Thirty people per class, most people struggling to get a C, maybe 2 people who actually care and want to be there. Half the class won't turn up for class, and those that do are late. The teacher spends more time with the U/D/E students so that they can bring the class pass mark up. The brighter students, the ones on Bs and As, are ignored and left to it; they receive hardly any help regarding their studies, left ignored by an overloaded teacher who has to cope with people who haven't handed yet handed in their coursework. Homework, by the way, is virtually non-existent since 80% of the class wouldn't do it anyway. When exam time comes around, revision classes become pointless for the higher-ability students since the lower-ability students, the ones who have done no work all year, ask elementary questions, the answers to which the brighter students already know.
Are you really telling me private schools, with smaller classes and more willing students, higher average-class marks, and more attention from the teacher, went through the same struggles as a state-schooled person? Of course nobody is "better" for going to either school, but surely the AAA state-school student has worked harder and has more to be proud of than the privately-educated drone who, with the majority of their class, takes AAA at A-Level without surprise.
Not necessarily. Again the AAA private school student will may have been encouraged to do lots of extra reading, twice-weekly essays to a high standard, daily homework etc etc.
Whereas the AAA state school student only
learnt the content for the exam.
The former would get into Oxbridge rather than the latter.
In addition, 80% gets you an A. So does 100%. There is a big difference
between scraping the A and actually mastering the content and getting secure As. The abilities of the AAA private school student and the AAA state school student are not the same.
Also, you don't know the personal lives of the private school students. They may have family difficulties at home, financial pressures, mental issues, SEN and who knows what other things. Just because you're privately educated it doesn't mean you get AAA very easy.
Hard work =/= academic potential and aptitude.