This House Would Send Its Children To Private School

Before wading carelessly into a subject that is as awkward as it is divisively controversial, I’d like to make something quite clear: on a purely theoretical and philosophical level, I believe the principle of private education to be completely wrong. Knowledge is a human fundamental, like health, which should not be sold as a commodity, where he who pays highest gets the best product. Don’t worry; I’ve not forgotten on which side of the argument I stand, but it’s worth acknowledging that it’s a difficult question when we, as (predominantly) young, unmarried undergraduates, neither have children nor have any particularly immediate plans to have them.

However, were I to have children, I sincerely hope that I would have the strength to put people before principles. It is a simple and sad fact that class sizes in private schools are, on average, much smaller than those in state schools. Whilst there is, on average, one teacher for every 22 pupils in the state sector, this figure falls to one teacher for every 9 pupils in the private sector. Larger class sizes mean that teachers are not able to offer the same consistently high levels of care to every single child – there is simply no way it’s possible. Continue reading

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Joke’s Over at the OUSU

For those of us on twitter, #LJTrup4OUSU4Change may not have been a trend at the forefront of our tweeting experience over the past few weeks. Louis Trup, a third year student at Brasenose College, Oxford, has baffled many by winning the OUSU Presidential Elections last week – his manifesto, written on lined paper in coloured crayon, was headlined by the aforementioned hashtag, and proposed the abolition of 5th week (a pledge over which many of our students might dribble), double beds for all, world peace, and a monorail to enable faster transit to some of the more out-of-town colleges, among others. Continue reading