I suppose it would be rather ‘bad form’ (as Captain Jas. Hook OE would say) for me to suggest the abolition of a former employer but there are certainly other hounds - or perhaps crocodiles - baying for blood at the moment. By ‘abolishing Eton’, those that want to of course equate ‘Eton’ as meaning all independent schools. Because they are all so alike (!). One only has to look at any media article that mentions independent schools, accompanied by photographs of boys in gowns and tails - or perhaps boaters if they give the other place on the hill some consideration - to realise that most journalists neither understand the schools photographed or get close to understanding the independent sector in general.
Even writers who are alumni seem to want to bring the place down. Although I have some time for some of the sentiments expressed in Musa Okwonga’s article published in The Guardian
this week, I feel that he is a little bit behind the curve. Eton - like virtually all independent Schools - has long, long since realised that it has to balance privilege with responsibility and through substantial investments in bursary funding and meaningful partnership work has given transformative opportunities to young people who would not have had a chance to benefit, something that seems to be ignored in the media.