Boarding schools and social workers’ hostility?

Maybe social workers are not caught up in the fetish of boarding? Maybe they do not want to send vulnerable children away from foster care and into loveless institutions, riddled with a history of abusing children?

And it has nothing to do with any fantasy of that perennial bogey “leftwing ideology”. Just practical, common sense that children are generally best raised in families than sent away to develop Boarding School Syndrome and or to become “Wounded Leaders“…

The Times (letters) (subscription)

Measuring Our Leaders’ Judgement

After two weeks of unprecedented political turmoil and fallout following the EU Referendum, recent work on the capacity of our society to produce leaders with faulty judgement through the British boarding school system (‘Wounded Leaders’ as Nick Duffell calls them) has never been more relevant.

The psychodynamics of political life are in full swing with the shock result of the EU Referendum, the resignation of the Prime Minister and the savaging of the Leader of the Opposition by his own Shadow Cabinet; this, followed by betrayal and backstabbing, leading to the resignation of a key and popular Brexiteer and the mobilisation of a new female head of the Conservative party. No longer is a week in politics a long time, now each day brings more shock revelations.

The Huffington Post

Boarding Schools Are a National Security Threat

Britain and the United States rely on elite, private academies to mold their future leaders. Instead of cultivating statesmen, they’re producing brutish, entitled, insecure bullies.

Aide from their tousled hair, foul mouths, and inflated flamboyance, one might think there’s little in common between the blue-blooded English intellectual Boris Johnson and the outer-borough-born erstwhile casino magnate Donald J. Trump. But there’s one commonality in their upbringings that helps explain the common distortions in their personalities and politics — their attendance of private boarding schools.

Nick Duffell writing in Foreign Policy