Headteachers mock Jesse Norman’s claim Eton breeds best public servants | Education | The Observer

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Eton College – The Chapel (Photo credit: ell brown)

This story reported in the UK Guardian is well worth a read. Check it out!

Headteachers mock Jesse Norman’s claim Eton breeds best public servants | Education | The Observer.

Last week, Nobel Prize winning, liberal, economist, Paul Krugman, in his New York Times blog, focused on “The 1%’s Solution“. Here is an example of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron and his privileged cronies, members of the “top 1% club” in the UK, being totally out of touch with the reality of ordinary people – the 99%.

By and large, the privileged and wealthy 1% believe in austerity for everybody else too. They are passionate austerians, like UK Chancellor, George Osborne.

What do you think?

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2 responses

  1. It is not often that I agree with UK based head teachers who are failing to do their job and have allowed the UK state education system to fall to 44th place in the world, but this is one of them.

    Old Etonians may be very gifted and privileged people but this country’s economic performance with our exports at practically zero, £32 trillion in unpaid taxes being hidden offshore, 1.4% economic growth since 1946 and Germany the undisputed master of Europe, does not seem to indicate that these Old Etonian and Oxbridge educated Civil Servants or for that matter Government Ministers and industry CEOs, quangocrats and advisors have any answers to anything.

    Their answers are rooted in defeatism, managed decline,(except for their own bank balances), environmental nonsense, selling ordinary people down the river and creating investment opportunities for themselves and their friends overseas.

    If what we have in the form of these Civil Servants and public officials is the best that “the playing fields of Eton” can deliver then we might as well release all the monkeys in our zoos and put them in charge because if they worked for a well managed company they would all be dismissed for incompetence and a failure to perform.

    • John,

      Many thanks for your response which I broadly endorse. Let me make a couple of additional points:

      1. Eton is an excellent school and that is not in question
      2. Unfortunately, Eton is very expensive and apart from scholarships is only available to the wealthy and privileged
      3. David Cameron seems to like to surround himself with his chums from Eton.
      4. Given the mess that the UK is in, it would perhaps be advisable to seek out talented people from more humble backgrounds

      Thanks

      Alf

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