Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
Not every intelligent working-class child betrayed by the school system meekly accepts his or her fate, as many supporters of grammars imply. Many find a different route up and out.
Specifically, formal education's loss has been entrepreneurship's gain. There are many explanations for the stunning success of British business in the past quarter of a century - is it possible that the decline of the grammar schools is one? Smart men and women of humble origin, previously assimilated into the anti-business culture of the educated middle class, have instead raised British retail, catering, fashion, finance and entertainment in some cases from mediocrity, in other cases from the dead. The difference between them and their grammar school-educated predecessors is that as they moved up, they did not adopt middle-class cultural values.
Middle-class commentators bemoan the decline of the grammars so loudly because they provided the sort of Roy Jenkins, Michael Howard, ditch-your-regional-accent, start-going-to-the-opera social mobility of which the middle class so approves.
Starting a business, making a shedload of cash and moving to Essex or Cheshire may not be everyone's idea of acceptable social mobility, but it is social mobility all the same.
And that is the best argument I have ever heard for the abolition of Grammar Schools. It is well known that some of the most successful business men were never ruined by college. Schooling isn't about education.