Should private schools be abolished?Watch
So I ask the question: Should private schools be abolished?
His argument is that it's not just the smaller class sizes & better resources, leading to better grades, that get private school kids into Oxbridge - he claims that it is the extra "provisions".
But the far more standard private school I went to had none of the things he talks about - there were definitely no talks from alumni on how to game Oxbridge admissions, there were no weekly Oxbridge preparation classes and I can promise you, hand on heart, not a single talk by Prince Charles (although, in the interests of complete transparency, a minor royal did come to open my primary school when I was 7 )
We were never "told that we were important because we would end up leading society, as executives, politicians, bankers" and that we "destined to rule"; my school advocated studying whatever you were most interested in, regardless of how lucrative a career it was likely to lead to, because happiness in your work is the most important thing.
And I never heard any pupil at my school use the word "pleb". I'm sure this is unique to elite public schools like Eton, St Paul's, Marlborough etc.
My school, like, I am sure, the majority of private schools, wasn't full of snobby, aristocratic, old-money families - most people's parents came from very normal & state-educated backgrounds and had done well for themselves in professional careers like medicine and accountancy. They weren't super-rich, but were choosing to prioritise education in their household budgets.
TL;DR - by all means advocate the abolition of private schools if that's why you believe, but don't do so on the basis of a tiny minority of elite public schools. The vast majority of private schools are nothing like this - it's a straw man.