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The Board Generation

The open reception to the truth about boarding continues in Scotland as The Sunday Herald’s “essay of the week” in the paper copy, centre-page spread, features an article by Vicky Allan with the title The Board Generation.

Whilst the Scots may imagine that they are less subject to the same unquestionable tradition as is England and whilst there was a large part of the Independence vote that was specifically rejecting the public-school bullying style normalised in Westminster, it is still a question whether this is a national or a local issue. Here’s Vicky Allan’s summary:

“Some may wonder why we should bother about a tiny fraction of the population to whom ­privilege bequeathed boarding school syndrome. When about 16,000 Scottish children are in residential care, why trouble over the trauma of a few posh kids?

One good reason is that these are the people who rule and influence; who shape our culture, politics and economics. For me, there is another reason: the desire to understand my other half. I look at what, at eight years old, he was gifted as privilege. I see my own sons coming up to the same age and I am glad they, and I, will never have to experience that.”

‘Nuff said, I think

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