Only 7% of the UK population attends private fee paying schools, yet they represent 45% of the Oxbridge intake. A private school student is 55 times more likely to be admitted than a student on free school meals.
Is this because;
- Expensive private education is 55 times better than public education?
- White children of the rich are genetically 55 times more intellectually gifted than children on free school meals? And tens of thousands more gifted than black students!
- Private education educates students in a range of class-based normative cultural behaviours (accent, manners, clothes, vocabulary etc) that are highly regarded by those controlling entry to Oxbridge?
If it is 1./ then what justifies only the children of the wealthy having access to this high quality education?
If you think it’s 2./ I’d like to hear your arguments! Because this sort of eugenicist elitism is associated with the worst forms of racist, fascism and has been thoroughly discredited by the social sciences.
If it is 3./ then perhaps we need to be challenging the whole relationship between economic class and intellectual elitism.