Dating an eton boy
The experiment, part of Eton's attempt to share its expertise with its neighbours, could soon be mirrored throughout the country.
Mr Gove has said he wants to encourage the setting-up of Saturday schools for disadvantaged children to bolster their learning – based on a successful experiment tried out in inner-city New York schools.
It’s a marvelous film, a nuanced, fair, and elegant evocation of an extraordinary institution, so many millions of miles away from the shouty, tabloid, reality-show style of Harrow: A Very British School.
Harrow has showed an appalling lapse of judgment in letting this sensation-seeking film crew inside their school, and one suspects that the head master must be shuddering at the thought that there are another seven episodes of this garbage to go.
Many of the new boys (‘shells’ at Harrow, ‘tits’ at Eton, yes, really) were just as hopelessly and self-pityingly homesick as I was at Eton.
After I had watched the Harrow documentary (part one of an eight-part series), I did something I haven’t done in over twenty years: I watched (on You Tube) the Cutting Edge documentary Eton: Class of ‘91.
Sarosh Shah, 15, said: "I've always gone down that road [leading to Eton] and gone past the school wondering what it was like.
I felt privileged as an outsider to be allowed in to learn." The two-hour sessions at Eton tackle what the children call "big questions" – things like quantum mechanics and the shape of the universe – as well as creativity in story-telling and fairy tales.
But, as an old Etonian, even one who left in disgrace, I doubt it.
As for spending time with a well-heeled girl’s friends, this will ‘embody all the warmth and intimacy of a court room’ as they ‘share everything with one another’ – including details of the hapless male’s failings in the bedroom.
The guide proclaimed it was published in the ‘interests of averting mutual befuddlement’, and also offered advice on meeting a woman’s wealthy parents, how to discuss politics, and how to handle foreign travel and ‘getting dumped’.‘If she does brave it... As she disembarks the train, refrain from mocking her attire (wellingtons and a ski jacket – ‘but I thought it’d be freezing’) and instead congratulate her on having made it thus far.
Harrovians were also judged to be a bit thick, as the school was not as academically demanding as Eton.
It’s not really much of a basis for all-consuming hatred.