False Advertising

I spend an awful lot of time looking at websites for boarding schools, websites about boarding schools and even websites for agencies that ‘place’ pupils in boarding schools. What surprises is me that there is never any mention whatsoever of any possible harmful effects of boarding. We sell cigarettes with health warnings on the label; when boarding schools are aggressively marketed overseas and at home should they not, even if it’s in tiny print, have to state that “some research shows boarding education can have harmful effects on children”? Is it really ok for the boarding school association to suggest simply that  “boarding education can be a very cost-effective solution to the problem of busy parents and active, interested children” . And why, when research overwhelmingly points to the idea that the younger children are when they board, the more harmful it is, is it ok for this agency to say when boarders are shipped from overseas they believe its a case of “the earlier the better“?

2 thoughts on “False Advertising

  1. Yes, good point, Sally, it could read “WARNING: Boarding is harmful to the soul.” Or “May develop Strategic Survival Personality!”

    Do keep writing this stuff! “To write is to fight, ” as Dr Nawal el Saadawi, Egyptian fighter for women’s rights, born 1931, said.

    Some news: Tomorrow, BBC 6 O’clock News are visiting me to discuss what happens to someone who has to survive boarding school and gets abused there as well. These are probably the most destructive things that can happen, the latter because sex is at the heart of who we are, so abuse affects us in every part of our being and the former because ex-boarders suffer from wounds to the soul they don’t even know they have and most of the British world refuses to recognize!

    But of course the values of the Strategic Survival Personality are close to those psychopathic values which are intent accumulating money and power without regard to our beautiful planet and our innocent children.

    And the Beeb are taking this seriously. Wow! Jimmy Savile has done something, if his exposure finally changes some of our society’s attitudes.

    I’ll report what happens on my new website and blog: www.woundedleaders.co.uk

    • Great, Thanks Nick, we will be sure to tune in to the news tomorrow and I will post links to clips and your blog write-up here. I hope it means more people will think about what is happening, I feel we are becoming a Strategic Survival Nation, a house of cards built to protect our leaders from having to look in the mirror, and as you rightly point out it is innocent children and our beautiful planet that suffers. Break a leg for tomorrow!

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