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Rethinking the private school problem

By Anthony Seldon   June 2003

Dear Adam

2nd April 2003

You want independent schools abolished. In fact, you want to see all selective schools abolished, and for all schools to become truly comprehensive state schools. This is set out with admirable clarity in your new book How not to be a Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent. Fair enough. But your argument is stuck in the 1960s. The debate has moved on and new ways of trying to combine equity and liberty are being worked out.

Let me begin by saying where we agree, which may be more than you think. I…

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