I beg to differ, Jason! What you know counts, too! For example, I don't actually know that much, academically, about music, because although I went to a musical school, I dropped music even before GCSEs.
This makes a difference, and it is observable even here in 'The Third'! Sydney may make some point about music, for example, but I am not necessarily going to be able to match him, because I am not qualified to speak with any authority on the subject.
In total contrast, however, if Sydney makes some point about science, I am likely to match him, if only because of my academic background! So what I know is arguably more important than whom I know, at least here in 'The Third'.
When I go to the Proms, I may know many people, from promenaders to performers! From a social perspective, it probably does matter whom I know, because we are likely to have a drink together afterwards.
In conclusion, therefore, it matters both what you know and whom you know, Jason, although it might matter in completely different ways!
Scientia potentia est?[/i] The phrase implies that with knowledge or education, Jason, one's potential or abilities in life will certainly increase. Having and sharing knowledge is widely recognised as the basis for improving one's reputation and influence, thus power.
This phrase may also be used as a justification for a reluctance to share information when a person believes that withholding knowledge can deliver to that person some form of advantage. Another possible interpretation is that the only true power is knowledge, Jason, as everything (including any achievement) is derived from it?
The c take is that public is not necessarily better than private, nor vice-versa, whether in education or elsewhere. It all depends upon the precise circumstances under consideration. For example, Buckingham is a private university, but it hardly competes with Oxbridge, which are both public universities. In the same way, Eton is arguably the most famous public school in the world, but how public is it?