(Original post by Olivia_Lightbulb)
Private schools do not solely comprise 'bright' students; they discriminate against on grounds of wealth, not academic ability.
Hence why they are private -_-
Also, if memory serves me correct, a system was in place that allowed for poorer students to attend private schools... Labour abolished it.
Many bright students attend state schools (Oxbridge takes 50% from the state sector)
50% of the student population do not go to private schools.
Thus one can state that the proportion of private schools in the top universities in grossly disproportionate. Surely there is a message here? That though there can be many many bright students from state schools, the disproportionate bulk (the 50% you referred to) are provided by the private sector.
- you would not be sending 'lower' quality candidates to university simply by abolishing private schools.
You would no longer have those 50% private school students who are bright. They would be forced into state education where the provisions for success are not as substantial thus the academic success becomes smaller, thus requires Universities to accept students from a slightly lower level to fill places that would once be filled by bright private sector students.
Attending a private school does not make one 'cleverer', but it does give one an unfair advantage over children who attend state schools, the level of funding of which means smaller classes and first-rate facilities cannot always be maintained.
A private school allows for the provisions which allow for a student to academically develop at a greater rate. To abolish private schools is to abolish those first rate facilities and to remove freedom to those that wish it.
While the private sector may out perform state schools in general, happily grammar schools still out perform private schools. Of course, I am ambivalent about increasing the number of grammar schools, but one must recognise they do provide an excellent education, be it for the lucky few who are bright enough/can afford to pay for 11+ tuition to attend them.
However, the wide spread introduction or maintenance of grammar schools is not a policy maintained by the major parties. Thus we will lose vital educational establishments.
Abolishing private schools would result in a fairer and more equal society, and would have no adverse effect upon society.
Are you familiar with Margaret Thatcher?
Watch that - I believe it explains the point quite nicely.