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Whining parents

Mothers and fathers are revolting against the demands of schools. And not without reason

Another primary school dressing-up day looms. This term it’s the Victorians. Before that it was the Romans, and the Egyptians. My wife and I scrabble around painting cardboard and tying up sheets, sometimes even buying a costume that our nine-year-old won’t find embarrassing. It seems like harmless fun. But dressing-up days, extra homework, pressure on school attendance and the expectation that parents should do more to support their children’s education are taking a toll. You can chart the discontent on the Mumsnet website, where parents complain in their thousands against such demands, particularly from primary schools. One suggested dealing with…

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