I am gemused to read about how the Upwell Community Primary School in Norfolk has delivered a rather neat lesson in "consequences" (Nanny has taught us not to worry about consequences) to a small group of parents who boycotted a recent children's art event. This caused some distress to children and teachers, as the parents boycott also included removing their kids from school for the day.
Why did this group boycott the event?
The event was open to members of the public, and the parents were worried about their kids interacting with the "public".
Won't someone think of the children???!!
Quite what these parents thought would happen to their kids, given that teachers and parents would be at the public event I don't know?
Anyhoo, the headmaster James McBurney is concerned the same thing would happen on its sports day. Quite rightly he has decided to treat the recalcitrant parents in the same way as one would treat a recalcitrant child, namely he will withdraw a specific privilege.
In this case he has decided, unless the boycott group of parents act like adults, to ban all parents from the forthcoming sports' day. This will ensure that no claim of "mixing with strangers" can be made by the boycott group.
I think Mr McBurney is quite right to do this, he has highlighted very clearly how Nanny's obsessions have ruined people's lives by making them paranoid and fearful.
Needless to say, some sections of the shouty curtain twitching tabloids have completely/deliberately misinterpreted this story!
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