Just so you know, Lucy Mangan agrees with me on the whole state/independent thing – goine one step further, she believes that closing independent schools and outlawing private education would pump money and resources into the state education system and improve state education no end. I don’t know about that. I wish, but I don’t believe that that would be the case.
Furthermore she claims that the great divide between private and state education in the UK is as pernicious and unfair as the whole healthcare thing in the US – those who can afford to pay do, and while those who can’t pay here in the UK don’t die as a result of their education, it’s definitely arguable that it’s to our serious detriment, in many cases.
Not mine to any great extent, obviously I didn’t come off too badly – I’m one of the lucky ones that had a brain good enough to get by anyway, and I’m sure there are plenty of Americans who are healthy enough all their lives to not really need the medical care they can’t afford to be insured for anyway. Here I could bitch and moan about how if I’d had a more supportive education I might have ended up doing medicine somewhere really good, because I do half think that, and it’s true, I should have made more effort but I was sixteen years old for crying out loud, and a fairly useless sixteen-year-old at that, all brains and no motivation, and there must be plenty of people like me who were pushed just that bit harder and who did make it, like I would have made it had I been made to work for it. That’s enough bitching and moaning, I am annoyed, but at myself as much as anything, for not being able to make the best of it. But there are plenty of other people who are let down by the education system. People who could have been great musicians or artists if they didn’t have to share violin lessons with three other tone-deaf twelve-year-olds on only two violins between them, or if they had had access to kilns or huge studios for casting and bronzework and things rather than cheap old pastels and watercolours with almost no pigment in them; people who could have been pushed that bit harder and might then have been the next prime minister but who instead are working as the manager of the local Barclay’s or something.
Anyway, look, everyone, look! Lucy Mangan agrees with me!!