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Parents have to take responsiblity for teaching their children about society as much as schools do.
the institutionalised trust-separation of kids from adults is one of the tragedies of our times
'it takes a village to raise a child' so that evveryone can say it like they did last time we did one like this.
It takes a village to raise a child.
HERE WE GO.
I had to discover empathy, reserve and balance elsewhere (after leaving university, really)
plenty of really communicative & compassionate teachers, though
A lot of the time you were basically invisible if you weren't good at sport or the child of a politician or something. Some pretty obnoxious institutional attitudes towards minorities and a general gearing you up to be the leaders of tomorrow regardless of who you trod on didn't really help.
What little decency I do have is in spite of my school rather than because
The bullying made me realise that although a lot of people are dicks, I didn't have to be
'whatever all the exceptionally rich kids at my school would do... DON'T DO THAT'
Think I have a good moral compass, but as PO mentioned that's a lot to do with my folks.
Wasn't till I left and thought about it all that I was without realising filled with some sense of entitlement, born to rule and all that.
I wouldn't send my kids to private school.
I lean away from sending my kids to a private school I'm part down to that reason whereas my wife, who went to a state school leans toward the idea for precisely that reason.
It's that sense of confidence and sureness of position in society of privately schooled people that she sees as a real advantage. I guess what is less obvious is that along with for the most part comes at best an indifference to others at worst a genuine belief of superiority or even down right antipathy.
I mean how many Tony Benns are there for each Billingdon club member
...confidence thing in private school folk but got why it might be beneficial.
Like I said I never gave it too much thought when I left but thinking back I see what bugged her about it all.
I appreciate a lot of what I got from my school but in principal I just don't agree with private education.
...private schools in Scotland!
claiming that state schools don't provide pupils with a moral compass, presumably?
The guy's a dick, who wouldn't know evidence if it bit him on the arse.
as the university-educated, big city, white middle class direction.
The ruling ideas of each age have been the ideas of its ruling class and all tha
Love their commitment to international democratic institutions and embracing new social movements such as feminism and gay liberation in order to shift international hegemony and achieve a Europe wide communist revolution, well up for that
(fee paying, selective etc. not boarding and fairly mixed demographics cos of large numbers of scholarships and bursaries)
it was fantastic for certain things, but was terrible for reinforcing certain behaviour traits that some of the blokes i went to school with probably still exhibit. people were absolutely ruthless with one another to the point where being at all charitable to anyone was considered weakness of a sort. attitudes to girls were dreadful. semi-ironic snobbery (and occasionally racism) became a lot less ironic as it became more persistent.
because the kids there were largely pretty smart and capable many had very good confidence and self-esteem which is a massively positive thing in many ways, but not in terms of self-examination and reflection. a lot of the higher-ups wanted to emphasise a narrative that many of us would be going on to great things blah blah blah, basically underlining what was of value in their eyes and making that the goal to aspire to, but in so doing semi-condoning the kinda shithouse behaviour that happened every day among their students.
i matured a bit around the age of 16 and so in sixth form i distanced myself as far as possible from a lot of this stuff, but its never really possible to entirely divorce yourself from it while you're in that context. think i got very lucky with the choices i made post school in terms of jobs and university etc. which have all served to counteract some of the more toxic elements of that school. (n.b. i got a fantastic education there and have largely positive memories, just with a fairly big caveat)
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recently the daily mail have taken against it:
WHERE IS THE MORAL COMPASS?
which is odd since my maths teacher was constantly drunk
You don't need a moral compass when you have alumni like this to aspire to though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Hatch_High_School
Be The Best That You Can Be indeed.