Posh Boys by Robert Verkaik
How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain

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There is a brief but insightful cameo from the comedian David Baddiel, who explains that, for Jews and other minorities, a public school education is as much about assimilation as climbing the social ladder. Posh Boys is, for a book about public schools, decidedly comprehensive.
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Imagine a world where leaders are able to pass power directly to their children. These children are plucked from their nurseries and sent to beautiful compounds far away from all the other children. They are provided with all the teachers they need, the best facilities, doctors and food. Every day they are told this is because they are the brightest and most important children in the world.
Years later they are presented with the best jobs, the grandest houses and most of the money. Through their networks of friends and family they control the government, the army, the police and the country’s finances. They claim everyone is equal, that each person has a chance to become a leader. But this isn’t true.
If such a world existed today wouldn’t we say it was unfair, even corrupt? With Posh Boys Robert Verkaik issues a searing indictment of the public school system and outlines how, through meaningful reform, we can make society fairer for all.
 

About Robert Verkaik

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Robert Verkaik is a freelance security editor who writes for the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail and the Independent. He was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010 as home affairs editor of the Independent, later becoming the only journalist to interview Mohammed Emwazi in his lifetime. Verkaik lives in Surrey.
 
Published July 5, 2018 by Oneworld Publications. 304 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alex Renton on Jul 22 2018

Verkaik’s larger theme is the toxification of British public life by the private school system and the injustice and inequality that educational apartheid based on wealth entails. But the blatant theft of public resources is the book’s sharpest point.

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Reviewed by Houman Barekat on Jun 29 2018

There is a brief but insightful cameo from the comedian David Baddiel, who explains that, for Jews and other minorities, a public school education is as much about assimilation as climbing the social ladder. Posh Boys is, for a book about public schools, decidedly comprehensive.

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