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    Not read through the whole thread but perhaps someone could explain what the OP means by "elitist" before we can answer the question.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    Not read through the whole thread but perhaps someone could explain what the OP means by "elitist" before we can answer the question.
    I would have thought that the following would serve:

    Elitist: 'The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.'

    this is taken from the following source:
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/elitist

    Although more general definitions such as "rule by an elite" are also popular in online dictionaries.

    With this in mind it seems clear that belief in private schools is an elitist belief. Whether it is right or wrong is clearly another matter.
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    (Original post by Cognito)
    I would have thought that the following would serve:

    Elitist: 'The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.'

    this is taken from the following source:
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/elitist

    Although more general definitions such as "rule by an elite" are also popular in online dictionaries.

    With this in mind it seems clear that belief in private schools is an elitist belief. Whether it is right or wrong is clearly another matter.
    I would say that with that definition sending children to private school is not necessarily elitist. It is about getting the best possible education.
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    (Original post by UniOfLife)
    I would say that with that definition sending children to private school is not necessarily elitist. It is about getting the best possible education.
    Read the definition. It clearly entails that support for private schools is elitist. However whether or not parents send their children there for elitist reasons is a different question.
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    (Original post by Cognito)
    Read the definition. It clearly entails that support for private schools is elitist. However whether or not parents send their children there for elitist reasons is a different question.
    Where's the "favoured treatment"?
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    Smaller class sizes, better facilities, much greater chance of university places, better teachers (more likely to have masters degree). This is favoured treatment by virtue of financial resources.
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    ^^ As opposed to favoured treatment by virtue of their house location, as is the largest characteristic of the state system?
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    (Original post by Cognito)
    Smaller class sizes, better facilities, much greater chance of university places, better teachers (more likely to have masters degree). This is favoured treatment by virtue of financial resources.
    But by that definition, buying a nicer care is elitism. In fact, buying just about anything other than the worst and cheapest option available is elitism.
 
 
 
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