Is private schooling a wise investment or does it create social divisions?

I ask this question because there is a debate going on in educational quarters that says ‘wealthy’ parents paying for their childs education can cause local segregation. I live in Notting Hill, London where rich and ‘poor’ can live almost ‘cheek by jowl’. Many wealthy parents choose to send their children to fee paying schools, for reasons many would say is social snobbery. Having travelled to the US, and heard the debates this is not an issue about ethnicity/race but one of class. From conversation many middle class (Upper Middle US) parents seem to be happy for their child to be educated along with hard working South East Asian/ Black/Mixed race and other children as long as they’re not ‘chavvy’. Chav in the UK indicates someone of low taste, undereducated and criminally inclined.
Is paying for the school fees for your child(ren) the best investment you could make?

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