Is William not relying on an entirely anecdotal example? I am not sure that one story such as that would put me off public schools, well in fact it wouldn’t. I went through the public system and I turned out fine. Whoops. That’s my anecdote.
Surely the stats Dick quotes are a more reliable source than anecdotes?
Or why not just do the two, go through a public school, and send ’em off to a Leaving Cert crash course for the last year?
Are most of the new students starting in UCC this September really that badly educated?