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Big Al Whittle BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics? (48) RE: BS: meritocracy dead in British Politics? 05 Nov 19

'What is it that Grammar schools offered that is lacking in comprehensives? Or is there another explanation that modern politics is dominated private schooling and Oxbridge?'

rote learning;, physical violence; acceptance of your lowly position in the feudal society where your oxbrige educated teachers were lords of the manor; a sense of achievement at passing the 11+, for some of us O levels that weren't attainable for sec mod kids.

It was a shitty experience - a sort of 1930's theme park. The teachers were threatening - playing Mr Quelch in a sort of Greyfriars fantasy - and woe to the ones who didn't play along with it. Having said that, it was a crap grammar school.

My wife attended a better one, and her recollections are more positive

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