Do private schools retard a pupil's social and emotional development?

Nigel Ford's picture
This is a rhetorical question as I believe the answer is self evident.

After witnessing the shenanighans of Charlie Gilmour desecrating the flag at the cenotaph, this seems to be yet another example of a spoilt rich kid behaving badly.

Last year there was the case of an ex public school student urinating on a wreath of poppies at a war memorial. We've also had Prince Harry dressing as a Nazi Officer at a fancy dress party. Then there was Otis Ferry storming Parliament in protest at the hunt ban (which Charles Moore in the Telegraph warned would be the deathknell of village life as jobs would be lost - famous last words eh?)

This delayed adolescent behaviour is largely restricted to boys but Sally Bercow who also attended the same famous public school as Otis Ferry alerted us to her irresponsible laddette behaviour which seemed to particularly manifest itself after her university days.

I recall from my university days that the antics of the rugby club which was dominated by former private schoolboys seemed to run along the same lines as the Bullingdon club patronised by David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson and not much has changed as far as university rugby clubs go, except that more women play now.

What with the recent evidence showing that former state school pupils often get a better class of university degree than their private school counterpart despite sometimes having a lower A'level grades, perhaps private education should come with a government health warning.
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Yupei Guo's picture
Wed, 15/12/2010 - 01:18

You have a very strong point, yet I wouldn't relate reckless behaviours too much with private school education. I attended a comprehensive school and the behaviour of the pupils there were not any better. perhaps it is because both private and state schools in the UK tolerate so-called "individuality" and "personality" a bit excessively.

Paul Harty's picture
Sun, 04/09/2011 - 13:37

This is a typical leftwing teacher's comment where private education is beyond their tunnel vision thinking. Just think of all the working class twerps who make a teacher's life a misery through their disgusting behaviour, lack of manners and common decency within a failing state education system...

I should know as I have taught in them.

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