To say something is "old school" has become a pejorative term. It implies out-of-date thinking. Yet, increasingly, parents want an "old school" education for their children. Old school is equated with being the best school.
Given that private schools are historically seen as holding the torch for old school qualities, this goes further than old boy ties and old girl pins. The facts are telling.
Almost 35 per cent of Australian school students (more than 40 per cent at high schools) are now educated in private or non-government schools, up from less than 32 per cent a decade ago and one fifth in the 1960s. Why?
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