Saturday, January 19, 2008

Are Private Schools in England "Charitable"? - The People Speak

On January 18, 2008, the Times (London) published a number of opinion pieces by citizens about the previously blogged attempt to get private schools to justify their charitable status.  Here are a couple of excerpts from "Independent schools: charitable or exclusive? Are independent schools doing enough to qualify as charities?":
"Sir, In the context of their concerted and established efforts to contribute to local communities and widen access to the education they offer, calling modern independent schools “exclusive clubs” is almost as out of date as the tediously familiar image of an imperious Etonian in tails, surveyed by picturesque urchins, which appeared — again — yesterday."
"Sir, Until we get rid of the majority of independent schools, which, in reality, pay lip service to the idea of “serving the local community” so as to justify their charitable status, nothing of any substance will ever happen in the state sector. Creating two or three bursaries is patronising and is a way of stepping around the real issues."

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