Schools Abroad: Assault on Privilege

Britain's elite, privately financed "public" schools have long been a recognized channel to top political and social power. Just one of them, Eton College, numbers 19 Prime Ministers among its alumni—none of them from the Labor Party. Which goes a long way toward explaining why Laborites look on such schools as citadels of snobbery, undesirable anachronisms in an age of egalitarianism. Prime Minister Harold Wilson (who attended Wirral Grammar, a state school), in fact, has a commission hard at work on plans that could drastically change the nature of the public schools.

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