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Saturday, September 10, 2011

There is an awful lot of school-talk in my life these days (I suspect there shall be for many years to come), and so I found myself drawn to this article by Zoe Williams . The English school system is rather different to the Australian one, but she makes some applicable points, not least of all that "we have gone mad, on the subject of schools. We have gone collectively insane".


  1. Ah - I read this post the other day, and, although in total agreement, felt I needed to calm down a bit before I commented.

    You know, the topic of 'which school' just isn't an issue in say, Beaconsfield. It's just that Hilton has a bad rap - an unjustified bad rap that just isn't a reflection of the real situation within the school.

    The reason I send C there is that I have always felt we are so lucky to have a free education system in this country and it should be supported lest it will be lost.

    Having said that, I'd pull C out if she had a hard time, because like everyone else, I care about my kids. But so far - it's been fantastic.

  2. Wow. What an interesting article - it made for some uncomfortable reading, and perhaps a little reality check? I have felt and participated in that slightly hysterical madness, and it didn't feel good.
    Leigh - I'd love to talk to someone who has some concrete information about what Hilton PS is actually like - all I've heard so far is hearsay.

  3. One thing that I've noticed from these many conversations and found interesting is that a number of parents who have wanted one type of education for their children, be that the local school, Steiner, Catholic, Montessori, or Reggio Emilia, have then had to accept that this isn't necessarily the right choice for that individual child. A great deal of parenting seems to me to be about reconciling our ideals and expectations with the reality of our situations and the needs and personalities of our children.


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