Schools funding

As Michael Fry says approvingly in his article on Germany, the country has next to no private schools and “in any given neighbourhood most children go to the same school” (“How Germany became Europe’s powerhouse”, 11 January).

I taught in a college in a conservative, largely CDU-supporting part of Germany in the late 1970s, and my students were amazed when I told them about the UK’s alternative system of private schools and “public” schools that are anything but. How ironic, then, that Mr Fry’s article should appear in an edition of The Scotsman with a pull-out advertising supplement on independent schools.

And what a pity that our many excellent state schools don’t have the resources to pay for this kind of publicity in the media.

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Harry D Watson

Braehead Grove

Edinburgh