The real case for independent schools

Society needs an educated elite, insists Roger Scruton, and the best way to achieve that is to take the child out of the equation to instead focus on what’s important: the transmission of knowledge

Handing over a key

In the conditions in which we in Britain now live, it is undeniable that education at an independent school is a privilege, secured as a rule by those who can pay for it, and not available to all. And our prevailing culture is one in which privileges are frowned upon, especially if they are earned by wealth rather than by hard work or talent. Moreover, education has been absorbed into national policy, to be regarded as a right of the child rather than a duty of the parent; the assumption is therefore that education should be available to all in the same way and to the same effect, and that the ...

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