It’s all public schools’ fault you know. No, really:
Why public schoolboys like me and Boris Johnson aren’t fit to run our country
All a bit much I am not worthy really. Then there’s this:
This wasn’t healthy. In her 2015 book, Boarding School Syndrome, psychoanalyst Joy Schaverien describes a condition now sufficiently recognised to merit therapy groups and an emergent academic literature. The symptoms are wide-ranging but include, ingrained from an early age, emotional detachment and dissociation, cynicism, exceptionalism, defensive arrogance, offensive arrogance, cliquism, compartmentalisation, guilt, grief, denial, strategic emotional misdirection and stiff-lipped stoicism. Fine fine fine. We’re all doing fine.
Don’t have a great deal of time for psychoanalysis, to be fair. And this bird seems to be describing men from the female perspective, not public schoolboys specifically.
The correct way to read this is to think of why this is all being said. That state school system hasn’t exactly covered itself with glory. Very few would argue that the academic results are better than that private sector. Or that it produces better life chances. So, we’ve therefore got to find some other reason why private schooling either must be denigrated or must cease to exist.