Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11:54 pm
by archibald
trubble76 wrote:Be careful about adopting an over-simplified and unnuanced view of boarding school. It's not all fagging and privilege any more than state schooling is all truancy and poverty.

I agree.

I had a whale of a time at boarding school, for a variety of reasons.

To begin with, I came from the backarse of the middle of nowhere in Rural Ireland, so my after school (primary school) and weekends mainly consisted of playing by myself or with one of my two sisters. Boarding school meant having an instant set of available pals 24/7. And there were girl boarders too. :)

Secondly, my parental home was not a happy one. Much dysfunctionality. Getting sent to boarding school was, in hindsight, an escape to a world of order and rules and study and personal responsibility. I wouldn't be half the person I am today without it.

Please. No one say, 'well, exactly. Thank you for illustrating the concerns raised in the OP so clearly.' Lol.