If the reader has had a public school education then this book is probably ‘a huge enjoyable read’ as recommended by one reviewer, on the other hand if the reader is a member of the majority of the British population who have not had the same educational advantage of the public school, then they are more likely to agree with the reviewer who labelled this book as ‘an enraged polemic’, and to empathise totally with the author.
The history of public schools is described from the fourteenth century until the Golden Age of the British Empire and forward to the present government, and explains why Great Britain has always been controlled by a powerful and exclusive group of privately educated people.
The book is full of interesting facts such as how public schools are an exclusive social market place, a network for the rich and famous. It is also fascinating to realise that certain professions that could be taken by these pupils, such as scientists, doctors, teachers, probation officers, inventors, social workers etc. are not followed. The careers pursued are all concerned with wealth and power.
How modern Britain is governed by this very exclusive group, handing out awards and peerages to other exclusive people, and receiving donations from very suspect sources, is seen as a symptom of a corrupt and slowly eroding democracy. This book makes an excellent case for change in the whole educational system.
Maureen Ball (July 2021)