Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem

Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem

by David Kynaston, Francis Green

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Overview

A rigorous, compelling and balanced examination of the British public school system and the inequalities it entrenches.
Private schools are institutions that children who are already privileged attend and have those privileges further entrenched, almost certainly for life, through a high-quality, richly-resourced education.
The Engines of Privilege contends that in a society that mouths the virtues of equality of opportunity, of fairness and of social cohesion, the continuation of this educational apartheid amounts to an act of national self-harm that does all of us serious damage.
Intrinsic to any vision of the future of Britain has to be the nature of our educational system. Yet the quality of conversation on the issue of private education remains surprisingly sterile, patchy and highly subjective.
Accessible, evidence-based and inclusive, Engines of Privilege aims to kick-start a long overdue national debate. Clear, vigorous prose is combined with forensic analysis to compelling effect, illuminating the painful contrast between the importance of private schools in British society and the near-absence of serious, policy-making debate, above all on the left.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526601247
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 02/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Francis Green is Professor of Work and Education Economics at the UCL Institute of Education. He is the author of ten books, and writes often on the economic and social effects of private schooling in the past and present. He works frequently as an advisor to the OECD, the European Union and the World Bank, as well as to the UK government.
David Kynaston has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written nineteen books, including a series covering the history of post-war Britain (194579), 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.
David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written eighteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history, and WG's Birthday Party, an account of the Gentleman v. Players match at Lord's in July 1898. He is the author of Austerity Britain 1945-51 and Family Britain 1951-57, the first two titles in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.
Francis Green is Professor of Work and Education Economics at the UCL Institute of Education. He is the author of ten books and 150 papers, and is a recognised authority on the economic and social effects of private schooling in the past and present. He also works as an occasional adviser to the European Foundation for Living and Working Conditions, the OECD and the World Bank.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 What Is the Problem? 1

2 Roads Not Taken 23

3 The Making of a Service Industry 65

4 Learning and Luxury: Private Schools in the Twenty-First Century 97

5 Who Chooses Private School and Why? 123

6 Bubbling Under 141

7 Defending the Status Quo: Illusions and Propaganda 175

8 Options for Reform 199

9 We Need to Talk 237

Notes 257

Acknowledgements 297

Index 299

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