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|Robert might really believe he got the superior education.
Written by amytat
(10/18/2012 11:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Robert's comments on public vs. private education, penned by Barbara
According to Shapard public schools also gave boys an opportunity to form friendships and connections with others of similar background. Robert strikes me as the type of person who would value that aspect of it.
Also, to paraphrase Shapard, the different attitudes of Robert and his uncle mirror the debate of the time, most men of the upper classes supported public schools and felt the autonomy of the boys taught toughness, ability to socialize and leadership skills but an increasing number of people criticized the atmosphere for fostering tyranny and on the part of the older, stronger boys.
If Edward has always been so shy, I wonder if Sir Robert might have felt that he would have a particularly hard time in such a place, and therefore pressed his mother toward private education. Where with Robert maybe he was less concerned so didnít try as hard to talk his mother out of public school?
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