Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem is a book by Francis Green and David Kynaston about Independent schools in the United Kingdom. The authors argue that the "educational apartheid" of independent (private) schools and state schools in the United Kingdom:
- prevents social mobility and meritocracy
- underpins damaging democratic deficit
- perpetuates privilege (and social inequality) through generations
- deploys national resources unfairly and suboptimally
Published in 2019, the book received a range of reviews from commentators inside and outside private schools. Writing in the Financial Times, Miranda Green wrote "we can expect the manifesto-writers at the next general election to pass magpie-like over these chapters ... The appeal to act is heartfelt.". Hugo Rifkind described the book as doing "a fine job of explaining and damning Britain's private school problem' in The Times, but also that "this powerful attack on public schools ends up an unintended advert for them".
The poet Kate Clanchy writing in The Guardian, described the book as "aloof considerations of educational issues" while Patrick Derham, headmaster of the private Westminster School, argued that the book "misses an opportunity and falls short on the full account social mobility".
- Green, Francis; Kynaston, David (2019). Engines of privilege : Britain's private school problem. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-5266-0127-8. OCLC 1108696740.
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- Green, Miranda (2019). "What to do about Britain's private school problem?". www.ft.com. London: Financial Times.
- Rifkind, Hugo (2019). "Review: Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem by Francis Green and David Kynaston — unjust, elitist; please let my kids in". thetimes.co.uk. London: The Times.
- Clanchy, Kate (2019). "Engines of Privilege review – a challenge to Britain's private schools?". theguardian.com. The Guardian.
- Derham, Patrick (2019). "Book review – Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem". tes.com. Times Educational Supplement.
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