What’s wrong with this statement: Just because private schools do better than State schools it doesn’t follow that working class people are less intelligent than rich parents.
- That somebody was daft enough to utter it?
- That it exemplifies a silly non-sequitur?
- It assumes that material success indicates a high IQ?
- It presumes that working people are unintelligent
- It patronises tradesmen and craftsmen.
- It betrays a confused mindset steeped in Darwinian prejudices.
Obviously you got all six correct. But there is something else so very wrong with the remark that it’s worth a few moments reflection and, perhaps, a re-assessment of the depth to which standards in public debate have plunged since ADTB (anno drato Tony Blairo). The person who contrived to skew so many considerations in a few (carefully chosen?) public pronouncements seemed to take it for granted that our nation is riven by a form of warfare being fought out between those British people who are willing to pay punitive fees to ensure a decent education for their children and another set of British people, many of whom are professionals, who with the best will in the world simply cannot afford to, and must send their kids to the local primary and then high school.