Education Letter: Boarding Hell
Thursday 12 November 1998
My first reaction to his letter was to recite a catalogue of the viciousness and selfishness that I saw for six years at my school (thankfully, little directed at me), but that would have taken too long. The life of adolescents is by nature strange and fluid; to put a groups of them together and effectively abdicate their control to other adolescents - especially those whose main ability is to ingratiate themselves with the adults nominally in charge - is bizarre at the very least.
There is not an effective safety valve against bullying because boarding school culture "gets" whoever breaks ranks on their so-called friends.
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