After the Observer backed our letter in protest against boarding the Boarding School Association, assembling their arguments at their annual conference, return fire:
“Rising numbers of children should be sent to boarding schools to develop “true grit” and vital social skills, according to a leading headmaster, Ray McGovern,” announces The Telegraph proudly. This comes hours after telling us that the BSA conference, chaired by the said McGovern declared that “historic abuse at boarding schools is ‘shaming’.”
“Incidents of abuse have ‘cast a long shadow’ but should not continue to taint schools, says McGovern, in a new drive to deny that boarding’s problems are in-built, which would of course not be good for attracting the £30,000 or so per year it takes to put a child in boarding.
Presumably a publicity genius working for the BSA has decided that today’s parents want nothing more than for their 8 year old child to develop “true grit”, famously the title of one of John Wayne’s best tough guy movie. It must be progress!