Engines of Privilege. Britain’s Private School Problem

Authors: Francis Green
and David Kynaston
ISBN: 978-1-5266-0126-1
Price: £20.00
The Pastoral Review Book shop
10% off price: £18.00 (+P&P)
Date: 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Many readers will be aware that you can make use of Catholic Editions of versions of the Bible such as the Revised Standard Version or the Good News Bible. Someone enterprising should carry out a similar exercise in relation to this excellent new book which has attracted considerable attention, including in the Catholic Press. For while it is about the contemporary private school system in this country, among the many specific schools referred to in the text there is only one brief mention of a Catholic independent school (Austin Friars school in Carlisle).

The basic case made by Green and Kynaston is that the place of the private schools within UK leaders have failed to grasp the seriousness of the problem – partly because most of them have been educated in the schools concerned and the private sector itself, particularly since the 1970s, has been very well organised in defending its interests. The authors’ case is backed up by compelling arguments and extensive research from various sources; at the same time they are concerned to give the apologists for the private schools plenty of space.

Login for more...