|Betty Keira tossed the match and hoped that her four pledges of affection were right behind her.|
Of course, they don't call it private school in Britain. They call it public school. (Which is massively confusing to me.):
These [independent schools] were often established for male scholars from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds; however, English law has always regarded education as a charitable end in itself, irrespective of poverty. For instance, the Queen's Scholarships founded at Westminster in 1560, are for "the sons of decay'd gentlemen".
The educational reforms of the 19th century were particularly important under first Thomas Arnold at Rugby, and then Butler and later Kennedy at Shrewsbury, the former emphasising team spirit and muscular Christianity and the latter the importance of scholarship and competitive examinations. Edward Thring of Uppingham School introduced major reforms, focusing on the importance of the individual and competition, as well as the need for a 'total curriculum' with academia, music, sport and drama being central to education. Most public schools developed significantly during the 18th and 19th centuries, and came to play an important role in the development of the Victorian social elite. Under a number of forward-looking headmasters leading public schools created a curriculum based heavily on classics and physical activity for boys and young men of the upper and upper middle classes.
Of course, in the land of La Neels, these types of schools abound as well as some more basic primary education to which young children can be driven hither and thither, setting the stage for all sorts of interesting adventures involving car smash-ups, runaway dogs and as a showcase for competent automobile-handling. I suspect that The Great Betty's default mode was for day-schooling at a 'public' school. What about the Bettys? What's your ideal educational environment?
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