smartphones and stupid systems…

“Everyone is saying, ‘He’ll get over it, he needs to detach,’ but it’s been six weeks and he’s getting worse, not better. I’m receiving emails and texts of great distress and he says I’ve just left him, abandoned him, while the staff are telling me to ignore his calls and only speak to him once a day for five minutes, then hang up on him.”

Scorching stuff from Nick Duffell in the Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/science/shortcuts/2015/sep/29/take-more-than-smartphones-stop-boarding-school-children-being-damaged

twelve steps…

A new group has emerged: Boarding School Anonymous. This is an interesting idea: from experience of twelve-step programmes I know that central to the movement is accepting powerlessness, from experience of working with ex-boarders I would imagine that would be incredibly challenging for them. I believe it could be really helpful, and like the tone of their new website: “At boarding school most of us learned that vulnerability and emotional honesty was dangerous and needed to be guarded against.” Have a look here: http://virtualitconsultancyltd.vpweb.co.uk/