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Head defends parents who pay for private education
10:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THE headmaster of Magdalen College School has defended private school education.
The head of the top-performing independent school, Tim Hands, said it made no sense that buying a house, car or holiday was acceptable, but paying for your child’s education has a negative social stigma.
He was speaking at the annual meeting of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in London on Monday. Mr Hands, right, said: “Making the journey to independent education, parents are currently made to feel, is an unacceptable mobility.
“Expenditure on purchase of a car, holiday or house is moral, expenditure on the education of the child is not.
“The illogicality is clear. Why should those members of the public who so value education find that those responsible for publicly funded education do not value them?”
He also said the Government has put academic results ahead of children’s happiness over the last 50 years.
Dr Hands said: ““The story of the last 50 years is the intrusion of Government and the disappearance of the child. More radically put, it is by extension the intrusion of the State, and the disappearance of love.
“The long interfering arm and dead restraining hand of Government has emasculated the education system of this country and deprived children of their long-accumulated heritage.”