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Are private schools a blight on English society?

An unfair advantage that damages our society—or a quality education that produces intelligent, well-rounded pupils? Our contributors debate

By David Kynaston   April 2019

Pupils from Eton sit on the wall during the annual St. Andrew's Day Eton wall game. Photo: PA

Yes: David Kynaston

Most private schools are good, often excellent: places of not only a high standard of learning, but also a range of character-building extra-curricular activities. This is not something that everyone on the left finds easy to accept. Nor was it necessarily the case a generation or two ago. But now it is the undeniable truth.

So why are they a blight? In short, because of economic inefficiency, democratic deficit…

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