Thursday, 10 May 2012

Michael Gove's surprising attack on private school privilege

  •  The sheer scale, the breadth and the depth, of private school dominance of our society points to a deep problem in our country - one we all acknowledge but have still failed to tackle with anything like the radicalism required.
  • Those who are born poor are more likely to stay poor and those who inherit privilege are more likely to pass on privilege in England than in any comparable country.
  • How will we know if we've succeeded - well success may be decided by events far beyond this parliament - will we, for example, ever see a comprehensive boy or girl ever edit the Guardian? Perhaps not in my lifetime…
Few keynote speeches live up to their billing but the one made by Education minister Michael Gove today at a conference of private school heads at Brighton College deserves the title.
The above quotes are just a sample of a thought-provoking speech, which you should read in full here.
He trains his guns on vested interests such as unions and councils but he doesn't spare those who command the heights in politics, the law, universities, business, media, and entertainment thanks to their privileged private school education.
Gove's dig at the Guardian is prompted by the fact the UK's leading left of centre broadsheet has been edited by ex-public schoolboys for the past 60 years.

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