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Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

The working class hide their light under a bushel of cash | Robert Crampton - Times Online

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.

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True, school is about learning to learn after teaching the basics. If you leave with the ability to learn then you can progress in almost any sphere. That is what Grammar Schools, in my day at least did. The primary schools taught the basics and if you were that way inclined the "Grammars" built on that foundation. The present system does neither.

True, school is about learning to learn after teaching the basics. If you leave with the ability to learn then you can progress in almost any sphere. That is what Grammar Schools, in my day at least did. The primary schools taught the basics and if you were that way inclined the "Grammars" built on that foundation. The present system does neither.

There are only two Brits (Richard Branson and Simon Cowell) on the lists linked in your last paragraph, both of whom went to Public schools. Not a great advert for Comprehensives.
The real reason for "the stunning success of British business in the past quarter of a century" (such as it is) is related to Thatcher's reforms. If it had been the abolition of the Grammars, we would have seen an explosion of new businesses during the 1970s...

'Schooling isn't about education.'

I take the point you make but life isn't (or at least isn't only) about making money either.

Or is it? Maybe I'm missing something in all my Public School defiled backwardness.

What would be the metaphysical undergirdings of such an absolutising of an abstract token of consensually agreed value?

I'm fascinated to undersatnd how money can be such an all-important value.

'Schooling isn't about education.'

I take the point you make but life isn't (or at least isn't only) about making money either.

Or is it? Maybe I'm missing something in all my Public School defiled backwardness.

What would be the metaphysical undergirdings of such an absolutising of an abstract token of consensually agreed value?

I'm fascinated to undersatnd how money can be such an all-important value.

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