A New Kind of Elite

SIMON ROBERTS / NB PICTURES for TIME

UPPER CLASS: Divinity lessons grab the boys' attention

Twenty or so boys dressed in white tie and tails are being taught by Liam Maxwell on a recent Friday at Eton College, the exclusive boys' school 35 km west of London. For centuries Eton — founded in 1440 — has been synonymous with privilege, the place where Britain's élite is given its polish and an air of entitlement. But this class doesn't feel like a hothouse for languid aristocrats. The boys are not declaiming Latin[an error occurred while processing this directive] but staring into computer screens, trying to master the database program Microsoft Access. Though a student once told Maxwell that typing was something...

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