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April 30, 2004
David Hargreaves on running away from school and on a nasty father

There's an interesting article by David Hargreaves in the latest Spectator about how he didn't like the school he was at when he was fourteen. So he ran away from it, and, with the help of his parents, ended up attending a much nicer local school. Which would also have been cheaper, presumably.

It turned out better than any of us dared believe. Against the odds, I made friends quickly and easily, started to do some decent work and, three years down the line, won a place at Oxford.

And he went on to become a teacher. In which capacity, he recalls meeting another father who wasn't nearly as nice as his had been:

I've never forgotten bumping into the father of a very bright ex-pupil of mine at some dinner. 'I haven’t spoken to Henry for six months,' he told me. 'As far as I am concerned he has wasted his life.' Shocked and sorry, I asked what on earth had happened. 'He got a second,' came the reply, voice shaking with indignation. 'The third generation of our family at Trinity, and all of us with firsts. I can't even look at him.'

Sounds like Trinity has its limitations as an educational establishment.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 01:37 PM
Category: Parents and children

Or rather that gentleman has his limitations as a parent - nasty father indeed. Without major disasters, I should graduate from Oxford soon and then I will be starting a fast track medicine course in September. I've always done well at school. My parents have always supported me, but I don't doubt they still would have done if I didn't do nearly so well, so long as I'd tried.

Comment by: Jason Holdcroft on April 30, 2004 02:47 PM
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