“public schools underpin everything that is most wrong, most iniquitous, most stiflingly, claustrophobically unjust and undemocratic and unmodern about Britain today” argues Observer Journalist Carole Cadwalladr in this week’s debate with Charlotte Vere of the ISC. She also suggests that ” Class is Britain’s psychic wound. It’s like some crippling 19th-century affliction – rickets perhaps, or scarlatina – that should have been cleared up by modern medicine years ago, but keeps on dragging us down. And its bedrock, its nursery, its oxygen is the private school system. It’s the means by which a tiny cohort maintain their stranglehold on power and privilege: on the City, and politics and law and journalism and everything that passes for public life in Britain today.” See the full article here http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/29/is-it-right-public-schools-charitable-status.
Essay of the week in the Sunday Herald today is an excellent piece on boarding schools by Vicky Allan. Allan is herself the wife of an ex-boarder, and a fellow mum at my kids’ school. She gets under the skin of this issue beautifully, and masterfully tackles the surrounding issues. Take a look…http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/the-board-generation.25881381
A big thank you to all of you who supported and encouraged us in last night’s debate in Edinburgh: This house would ban boarding for under 16’s. Nick Duffell and Sally Fraser had a decisive win, lets hope the winds of change are blowing…
“This is not a diatribe about violence in boys’ boarding schools. Rather, it is a call to recognize that boys pay a heavy cost when we choose to perpetuate ideas of masculinity that refuse to recognize these children’s vulnerability to violence and exploitation. ” Here is a fascinating and insightful article about attitudes to children and exploitation from Atiya Bose http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/fEBV6ogOEIrtoFcWmhsu8K/Adolescence-The-secret-life-of-boys.html