This week has some news for those interested in the rights of children to stay home and have a childhood. It sees both the first review of a book describing the psychological problems of boarding in a British national newspaper and the Canadian Government commissioned official report on the destructive legacy of residential education.
In their final report, the three commissioners – Manitoba Justice Murray Sinclair, former journalist Marie Wilson and Alberta Chief Wilton Littlechild – concluded that for more than a century:
“The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as ‘cultural genocide’.”
Amongst 93 other recommendations, the Commissioners advised that Canada should establish a national watchdog agency to ensure the country atones for the genocide committed against thousands of indigenous children forced into residential schools.
The commissioners, who heard from 7,000 former residential school pupils over several years, called on the Pope to issue an apology within one year for the Roman Catholic church’s role in the “spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse” of children at the schools, most of which were run by the Catholic church.
Where did the nice Canadians learn these tricks, you have to wonder?
In Britain, we have been using residential education for nearly two centuries to separate children from there own indigenous souls. By this I mean the emotional, spontaneous, empathic and loving side of human beings, which boarding children have to detach from in order to survive. We have exported that legacy to the whole of the English speaking world and, apart from a temporary blip after the 2cnd World War, when we needed the non-elites to fight, have succeeded in creating a divided elitist world whose religion is the secret worship of money is conducted over the sacrificed souls of children. Then we normalized it and said “it never did me any harm.”
Will we ever get a commission on it?
Well Professor Joy Schaverien’s excellent new book, Boarding School Syndrome (also featured in the Daily Telegraph), and the tireless work of the Boarding School Action group make help. But it will take a bit of a push. Most Britons really don’t want to know.
Can you help in some way?