In my day (1950s) we had excellent education. Locally I had a choice of six Grammar schools. There were also two technical colleges teaching the trades and a couple of Seconday Moderns. Children could have another shot at a scholarship at age 13. We had a couple of boys attend my Grammar School as a result. At sixth form level you could enter for a State Scholarship which i did not do, but I was awarded a County Major Scholarship (£90/year) on my A level (Higher Schools Certificate) results.
No charge at University then.
Grammar School pupils eg Ted Heath , Margaret Thatcher achieved as much as the privileged Public Schools.
it is my belief that the establishment was determined to keep out the "Hoi Poloi" from the top jobs and hence the destruction of what had been a world leading education.
Irritating personality traits haven't softened - do friendships change?
Needed but feeling left out - do others feel the same?
Where were you on this day? - moon landing