George Monbiot on unaccountability of cruelty in schools

www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/16/boarding-school-bastion-cruelty

It’s an article on boarding schools and their political acceptability. His thoughts on how power is arranged to skate around questions of damaging children apply in many non-boarding settings too, and the horrors he exposes happening in Texas include locking up an attention deficit boy for 6 years for overturning a school desk at age 12.

On British boarding schools: Those on the right will not defend these children as they will not criticise private schools. Those on the left won’t defend them, as they see them as privileged and therefore undeserving of concern.