I do not know how important schools are; I am just amused by this report, by the Times, which describes a situation where the society says that if most people can't have certain things (specifically, remote lessons for their kids in state schools), then the rest of the society (those whose kids attend private schools) bloody well aren't allowed to have them either. Even though there aren't any technical obstacles for this second group of kids to have their classes.
There are two narratives that can be spun out of this observation. One, serving the many, is about (un)fairness. The other, serving the few, is about jealousy.