Discrimination against public schoolsWatch
1. Employers and universities really don't care what school you went to. The media like to whip up stories about comp school kids who didn't get into oxbridge because it sells newspapers.
2. Universities when looking at UCAS forms are only interested in a) your grades at GCSE as an indication of what you will really get at "A" level (because teachers usually over predict A level grades on the form), b) your commitment to the studying of the degree at their Uni (particularly at Oxbridge where it is most competitive) and C) what kind of individual you are based on your hobbies, interests, activities and positions of responsibility.
3. Employeers don't care about your school. They expect all graduate applicants to have 10 GCSE's at C+, three "A" levels and at least a 2.2. (they pick out the candidates they want based on their performance at interviews, their extra curricular activities and their enthusiasm for the job they are applying for).
It is a falacy to state that publc school pupils will be favoured over state school pupils when it comes to graduate recruitment. Although I would have to agree that public schools do provide pupils with better "grooming" into getting into universities. My school paid very little attention to encouraging pupils to go to uni, whereas my uni friends including two from Eton were given much more help and advice in the "conditioning for Uni life" so to speak.
I still believe that Private schools are better for teaching students an all round education and no matter what you say IN GENERAL there students are more likely to be successful later on in life. If people chose to spend their money that way, then that is their own perogative and they should not be criticised as they have been on this forum.
You do not teach someone an education (all round or otherwise ). Private schools do help their students to be more successful in later life, and normally try to improve their literacy. It is, in our society, the prerogative of parents to spend money on a private education for their children and I do not think anyone on this forum has criticized those who choose to do so; however, many of us feel that the system which allows them to do this is wrong.