Harry Potter and the "class distinctions"

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Harry Potter and the class distinctions in U.K.

The series of Harry Potter are best seller all over the world. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry ,the stage of this story, is one of the most famous school. However paying attention to the school and education system in the series of Harry Potter, we can see the “class distinctions” by status and blood. And also there are this “class distinctions” in U.K. in particular about education. Before comparing education in U.K. and “the Harry Potter world”, we should know about the education system in U.K. The education system in U.K. is divided into early years, primary education, secondary education and tertiary education. About 90% of British students go to Comprehensive school which is a state school that are primarily about providing a right to all children without selection either due to financial considerations or attainment. If they want further education, they will attend to Sixth form. On the other hand, about 7% of British students go to independent schools. Particularly, more expensive and exclusive fee-paying private independent schools are called "public schools". "Public school", like Eton College or Winchester College, is a traditional private secondary school and it is well known as a school which trains gentleman's child. The elite like a bureaucrat, a civil official and along with others are almost from "public school". Therefore, "public school" leads to keeping class distinctions. Geoffrey Walford, emeritus professor of education policy at the university of Oxford, said that "Public schools have traditionally had very close links with the universities, especially Oxford and Cambridge, and, either through them or directly, with high status professions. Parents have attempted to ensure that their positions of power and prestige within the class structure could be passed on to their sons through payment and attendance at a public school." (Walford 11) This system of keeping class...
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