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Sentimental education

Educational apartheid is still at the heart of Britain's social division and academic under-achievement. George Walden, who has been conducting a one man campaign at Westminster to open private education to the talents, deconstructs his own book on segregation and sentimentality in British schools

By George Walden   October 1996

Finding a title for my recently published book on education, We Should Know Better, turned out to be a problem. My failure to alight on one disturbed me and reminded me of the famous French dictum: Ce qui se con?oit bien s’?nonce clairement, et les mots pour le dire arrivent ais?ment. In other words, if I could not think up a title quickly it must be because I had not understood, or had inadequately conceptualised, my own book. In which case God help the readers, if any.

As the deadline drew near, I sat down with my wife and ran,…

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