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British Parents Scramble To Get Kids In “Right” School

The main truism about attending school in post industrial societies is getting one’s child in the “right” school is putting their darling on the fast track to economic success. Parents in England are employing every trick in the book to ensure their child is gains a place in a desirable school. Ian Carter, a lawyer who specializes in school placement says, “Parents want to know when they need to move house to secure a place at the best schools, they want to know how close they have to be to the school to guarantee a place, and they don’t want any margin of error.” Parents are seeking the assistance of lawyers to file appeals if their child is not accepted at the “right school.”

School officials are furious that lawyers mislead parents into believing filing legal challenges will ensure their child gets into a school. On the other hand, lawyers, and many parents, argue applications are unclear which leads to making decisions to secure legal advice on how to proceed.

One can only wonder as the housing market continues its collapse if parents will be able to pick up and move to the “right school.” Eventually, they might discover a child has an excellent chance of getting into a college if they attend a “difficult school” and succeed.

The Price Of Migration Within The European Union

There is scant doubt, migration within the European Union from less developed areas of eastern Europe have helped in providing workers for booming economies as well as significantly raising the standard of living within poverty areas of the EU. A recent article in the Rumanian, Nine O’Clock newspaper, notes migration has resulted in money being directed back home, but it also has deprived the nation of skilled workers and may well result in damaging Rumania’s industrial development. An unforseen consequence of migration is that some families benefit significantly from their expatriate family member, but as some families gain economically, it widens the economic gap between people in many small villages.

The newspaper raises an important issue which, as of yet, has not been seriously studied — the impact of migration upon children since at least one of their parents is missing. Many children are left with grandparent because both parents have headed west for work. Nine O’Clock hypothesizes Rumania has a generation of children who might suffer from the psychological outcome of being abandoned by parents. As years pass, children feel more estranged from missing parents. Does this estrangement result in greater drug or alcohol use? Rumanian health and education authorities have not engaged in enough studies of the psychological dimensions of migration upon either children or parents.