The Mail is reporting comments from Sir Anthony Seldon in which he suggested high-flying professions are dominated by people who went to public schools because they provide the ‘soft skills’ that many state schools ignore.
Former head of Wellington College Sir Anthony Seldon said independent schools nurture the teamwork, leadership and character traits which are vital for success in the professional world.
He warned that by contrast, state schools focus too much on league tables and deliver an education which is ‘narrow, dull and repetitive’.
…Sir Anthony, who is now vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, delivered his damning verdict in a speech to the Council for Independent Education.
Sir Anthony said: ‘For years now, our policymakers have become so drunk on imbibing exam tonic that they have come to believe league tables are all education is.’ He added: ‘The 21st-century workplace does not just need those who excel at memory and exam skills that computers can do far better, but rather those who have human and entrepreneurial skills that children at state schools are rarely taught and many will never learn.
‘The whole focus of the national state system remains irredeemably 20th century and dangerously lopsided. It is not surprising that students from independent schools continue to dominate so many of the major positions in national life…’
This is not the first time Sir Anthony has touched on this theme but how do you react to these comments?
Does he make valid points about the priorities in state schools and could things be different?
Please let us know why/why not in the comments or via Twitter…
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