AisAis, how can you call me ignorant if you didn’t even properly read what the **** I was saying? Why is it what I’m saying is immediately interpreted in the extreme form by some state school kids with a chip of their shoulder ‘because our parents aren’t lawyers or doctors'? If you read where I mentioned my background AisAis, My dad left education at 11 and worked in a tannery in Ireland till he was 18 before coming over here to work in Fords. If you want to go on about how hard your working class background is, my situation can probably knock yours right off, and I don’t feel the need to bitch about the fact money has stopped me from accessing quality education. I also went to a state school where only 22% of kids for 5 A-C's, so don’t treat me like I’m some middle class pompous idiot pontificating.
I said myself that everyone deserves a good education in principle, but I also said that its physically impossible to carry that out, so its pointless bitching about the fact things aren’t like that. Education by its very nature is elitist, as it excludes people who are less intelligent. all I’m saying is I don’t have a problem with money buying quality. You're entitled to spend it how you want if you've earned it and you're entitled to all the benefits paying premium prices for things entails. Also, I never said in any of this was fair, it doesn’t have to be fair. If you’re prepared to pay to gain superior benefits, then its justified. The whole point people want to get rich is to they can benefit from the advantages having a lot of money bring. Everyone here saying top education should be guaranteed for everyone is pursuing a circular argument as what would be the point in getting rich if everything of top quality was already guaranteed for us?
“Actually this whole page has just made me want to work my arse off and apply, and hopefully get in, because it would feel fantastic to know I did it entirely with my own ability; and that maybe people who didn't make 'sacrifices' for education are as worthy of good (higher) education.”
Why are you implying I think people who didn’t make ‘sacrifices’ aren’t worthy of a decent education. Unlike you, I didn’t need some ‘have-not’ bitterness riled inside me to decide to work my arse and get in, and I too would know that I did it entirely by my own ability.
You also don’t need top quality education for everyone to help them realise their potential, I managed to do it in a dump school. The selection process at places like Westminster works in getting some of the more intelligent pupils, but only to an extent. By introducing a system of admission you can immediately be coached to pass it as it’s a system. Everyone knows if there’s a system you can ‘work it’ to your advantage. Additionally, a lot of these kids applying to Westminster in the first place have either been at Westminster as a kid or have been at another good school which has guaranteed them good results through very good teaching, therefore even by such rigorous selection you are still to some extent taking the kids who are coached best at being intelligent, rather than the kids who are truly of top raw intelligence. I know at my local public school (Merchant Taylor’s in the north) wanted my to get 6 GCSE A’s to do A levels there, but the kids who were already in the school before 6th form only needed 5 C’s to carry on to six form. I got the grades, but couldn’t afford it, and I didn’t get some chip on my shoulder because I couldn’t.
So many people are too busy wallowing in their own victimhood to look objectively at the wider principles of how things work and their merits.
I hate the way because I have right wing, conservative views I’m automatically seen as some middle class snob.