Just came across this article today (though it is a couple of months old) by Mahdi Hasan (currently HuffingtonPost UK and Al Jezerea, and formerly of the New Statesman) in which he advocates the abolition of British public (i.e. private schools) schools. While private schools graduates don't dominate Irish society to the same extend as they do their British equivalents I found the article interesting. Do private schools give an unfair advantage to students and therefore they should be scrapped or do private schools represent a vital parental choice?
As a funny aside I was watching the Sunday Politics on BBC this morning where the former Schools Minister (2010-12) Nick Gibb MP (Con.) was praising the Finnish education system possibly unaware that it is complete state funded (according to Hasan's article anyway).
Mehdi Hasan: Warren Buffett Is Right: It's Time to Ban Private Schools