On U.K. Schools

by Nigel D'souza | 11/12/03 6:00am

To the Editor:

In reference to the Nov. 10 article on U.K. students "U.K. students navigate culture shock," I would agree that class consciousness is greater in the U.K. than the U.S., but would absolutely disagree with other comments made by Sarah Eichenberger, which strike me as stunningly ignorant.

Her claim that the British educational system aims to keep people of different social strata separate is not only incorrect, but would be quite monstrous if true. Is she saying that a Brit's social class is determined solely by their education? Prince Harry probably won't even go to university! Does that make him a peasant?

Ms. Eichenberger apparently never heard of grammar schools, which are high-quality state (public, in the U.S.) schools, or of the general U.K. university policy of recruiting from public schools. But of course she wouldn't -- she went to the American school in London, on a track to enter an American university!