Ive searched the active forum for something on this subject to no avail. Forgive me if I'm doubling up on the subject.
So, I watched with interest the young people's march on Downing Street last Friday. It was featured on the news reports but I didn't see any responses from Gove or his colleagues.
Interested in their views, I opened up the subject with my teenage DGCs during a Skype call on Saturday. (I live in France) When I asked if their school had sent any representatives on the march, my 14 year old DGD swept a carefully painted false talon over her eyebrow extensions, pouted into her instagram reflection on her smart phone and looked at me with an expression of complete incomprehension and boredom. "Dont know what you're talking about" was her response. " I dont do geography, its boring". My plump 11 year old DGS piped up from the depths of his prone position on the sofa "oh yes we've had a lesson on deforestation". "I hate geography", said my granddaughter. I made a brief attempt at opening a discussion about pollution/plastic waste/etc and how it may affect their futures but they quickly returned to swiping their screens. I gave up.
They live in a predominately middle class cathedral city in the Midlands. Their school is well rated, their parents (divorced) have well paid jobs; albeit consumer related as opposed to academic. It was the first Sunday of the half term holidays and they were newly risen from their beds (at 1.15pm). The blinds were closed against the beaming sunshine. They were tired, apparently.
When the call ended, I privately reflected in complete despair. I can say nothing for fear that any criticism would result in weeks of sulking.
Please tell me Im not wrong to be deeply disappointed, if not, horrified.
Cheeky - neighbours
Left out - paternal grandmother
Concerned - funeral wishes