I mean historically. For once, I’m not trying to be contentious, just to list the reasons we have chosen to make this enormous social investment.
- The British Public Schools created a steady trickle of young men who had the skills and attitude to run the empire.
- The apprenticeship system has produced artisans since the Middle Ages.
- The 1870 education act put children into schools mainly as a solution to the scandal of child labour in factories.
What have I missed?