Impenetrable \”clusters of privilege\” are forming around the best state schools, Barnardo\’s, Britain\’s biggest children\’s charity, warns today. Poorer families are losing out to better-off neighbours who move house or attend church to get a better education.
Unfair admissions practices result in schools with skewed intakes that do not reflect their neighbourhoods, Barnardo\’s says, citing research that indicates the top secondary schools in England take on average just 5% of pupils entitled to free school meals.
It\’s a little difficult to see how both these can be true….that the rich move into neighbourhoods around good schools thus creating enclaves, yet also the school ends up not reflecting the number of poor around. One or the other: the poor get excluded becuase of house prices and thus there are no poor in the catchment area, surely?
But the larger point seems to be escaping these people entirely.
Yes, human beings will do a lot for their kids, yes, those with greater resources will do more for them than those with fewer.
That\’s something engrained within human beings. For wanting to be able to do a lot for your kids is one of the reasons people go out and acquire those greater resources.
And it doesn\’t matter how you try to rig the market to stop this, people will always game whatever system you put in place.
Complaining that the pushy get better access to a good provided free by the State is simply pissing in the wind.