There are three differences:
1. Public school kids are thinner. I mean thinner, not less obese. There’s more chance of them being stick-thin than their state school counterparts.
2. Public school boys are taller. They are also hairier. There’s such a thing as public school hair; Nick Clegg, David Cameron (when a little younger), Boris Johnson and his ex-deputy Tim Parker all have it.
3. Public school girls are blonder and prettier; Oakham schoolgirls seem to be in a Diana Vickers lookalike competition.
Of course, there are tons of exceptions - I’m talking about statistical tendencies. But I’m not contrasting the upper class and chavs here: I’d guess the state school-kids parents’ incomes aren’t far from the national average.
But this worries me.
For one thing, it means class is not dead. Class differences are acutely visible.
And for another, these differences in appearance are correlated with success in later life. There’s lots of evidence that height and good looks lead to academic success and higher earnings.
Which in turn suggests that even in the vanishingly unlikely event of equalizing resources between schools, people from richer backgrounds would still have considerable advantages. Equality of opportunity is, surely, an impossible ideal.