Boarding Institution – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:44:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-4-150x150.png Boarding Institution – World Socialist CWI http://worldsocialist-cwi.org/ 32 32 Italian teen’s suicide sparks lawsuit and NYC boarding school denials https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/italian-teens-suicide-sparks-lawsuit-and-nyc-boarding-school-denials/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:43:42 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/italian-teens-suicide-sparks-lawsuit-and-nyc-boarding-school-denials/ Last February, days before his 18th birthday, Claudio Mandia hanged himself in a dormitory at EF Academy, an elite boarding school in Thornwood, NY, which had just expelled him for cheating. He had asked another student to complete a math assignment for him at a time when his family said he was under extreme stress. […]]]>

Last February, days before his 18th birthday, Claudio Mandia hanged himself in a dormitory at EF Academy, an elite boarding school in Thornwood, NY, which had just expelled him for cheating.

He had asked another student to complete a math assignment for him at a time when his family said he was under extreme stress. There had been a death in the family and he had missed school after contracting covid.

Described by his peers as an outgoing and generous teenager, Claudio, in 2021, was credited with saving the life of another boy after he noticed marks on the pupil’s wrists and asked for help on his behalf. .

Tragically, no one was there to save Claudio who committed suicide on February 17, the day his parents were due to arrive and take him back to Italy.

That’s where a lawsuit, filed by Philadelphia attorney George Bochetto, comes in. Bochetto and Claudio’s parents — Mauro and Elisabetta Mandia — say the school isolated Claudio from other students and showed negligence in the assessment of his mental health.

“Probably to punish him for cheating, as if expulsion and public humiliation weren’t enough, EF Academy made the conditions even more unbearable for him by isolating him in a room away from all the other students. and teachers,” the lawsuit alleges.

Claudio’s friends and two school administrators visited his bedroom the night before his suicide, and friends say they noticed marks on Claudio’s neck, which he says were caused by a fall in the shower.

It’s unclear if administrators observed the notes, but Bochetto argues that school staff should have been more aware of Claudio’s mental state, especially since he was undergoing therapy with the social worker at school since 2020.

EF Academy has denied any wrongdoing.

ISDA President Basil Russo is advocating for Claudio and hopes that reforms can be put in place to reduce the risk of similar tragedies in the future.

If you’re thinking about suicide, worried about a friend or loved one, or want emotional support, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. To contact this network, call or text 988.

This is a developing story, and La Nostra Voce – ISDA’s monthly journal – will feature updates in the coming months.


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Tim Burton’s Addams Family Show is a Mixed Bag https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tim-burtons-addams-family-show-is-a-mixed-bag/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:23:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tim-burtons-addams-family-show-is-a-mixed-bag/ Dust off the cobwebs, the Addams Family is back. The latest rendition is the new Netflix series “Wednesday,” a teen comedy-drama with episodes directed by Tim Burton. Premiering Nov. 23, it’s a supernatural mystery about Wednesday Addams’ time as a student at boarding school Nevermore Academy, where his parents met and fell in love. In […]]]>

Dust off the cobwebs, the Addams Family is back.

The latest rendition is the new Netflix series “Wednesday,” a teen comedy-drama with episodes directed by Tim Burton.

Premiering Nov. 23, it’s a supernatural mystery about Wednesday Addams’ time as a student at boarding school Nevermore Academy, where his parents met and fell in love.

In this institution for “outcasts, freaks, and freaks,” cynical goth girl Wednesday (Jenna Ortega, “Jane the Virgin”) tries to control her burgeoning psychic abilities; navigate relationships with classmates and tensions between school and local town; take care of her cheerful roommate Enid (Emma Myers); and solve a mystery his parents were involved in two decades ago.

Oh, and there’s also a monster.

Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams.
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Jamie McShane as Sherrif Donovan Galpin, Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in
Jamie McShane as Sherrif Donovan Galpin and Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in “Wednesday.”
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His classmates include queen bee Bianca (Joy Sunday) and sensitive boy Xavier (Percy Hynes White) – but as a twist, many of them are werewolves, vampires and mermaids.

Rounding out the cast are Catherine Zeta-Jones as matriarch Morticia Addams, Luis Guzman as Gomez, and Fred Armisen as Uncle Fester. Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”) stars as school principal Larissa Weems, who was Morticia’s roommate years ago.

To top it off, Christina Ricci (who starred in 1991’s “The Addams Family” and 1993’s “Addams Family Values” on Wednesday) plays Marilyn Thornhill, the “dorm mom” who checks on the students.

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Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams and Isaac Ordonez as Pugsley Addams in “Wednesday”.
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Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams in “Wednesday.”
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The Addams Family has been the subject of a multitude of media for decades, including comic books, other television shows (such as a live-action series in 1964 and an animated series in 1973), and movies. 90s, which also starred Anjelica Huston.

The biggest shocker of this eight-episode series is that this is Burton’s first stab in the franchise. His fingerprints are all over “Wednesday,” which is rife with his signature blend of the whimsical, the weird, and the macabre.

While this show’s existence seems redundant, if “Star Wars” and the MCU manage to spin off countless tertiary characters, why not have “Wednesday” join the fray?

That said, the show is a mixed bag. While Wednesday is a fun supporting character in previous Addams Family stories and Ortega plays her with deadpan charm, she’s not the most compelling protagonist.

It becomes tedious to watch someone constantly laugh at everything. And some of the dialogue feels like the show is trying too hard, like Wednesday saying, “I find social media to be a void of meaningless assertion.” (The show’s creators, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, are “Smallville” alumni.)

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Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams and Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams in “Wednesday”.
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Jenna Ortega in Wednesday Addams and Thing in “Wednesday”.
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But the side characters and the world are fun, and it could usher in a new generation of fans who may not have watched previous versions of “The Addams Family,” but want a show in the same vein as the most recent “The Addams Family”. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Audiences craving a complete look at the family might be disappointed, as this show focuses on its main character, with Morticia and Gomez on the sidelines. They do get some chewy landscape moments, though, with Morticia breathlessly commenting, “At least it’s a beautiful day” during a thunderstorm.

“Wednesday” doesn’t have much to offer viewers who aren’t interested in the high school antics that other shows have done better. But it’s still a treat for those who wondered what Burton’s version of this world might look like.

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New Agape School Lawsuit Allegations Include Sexual Assault https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/new-agape-school-lawsuit-allegations-include-sexual-assault/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:34:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/new-agape-school-lawsuit-allegations-include-sexual-assault/ New court filings reveal some of the most brutal allegations of abuse at Agape boarding school so far, including a former student’s account that two staff members sexually assaulted him. Those details were outlined in motions filed Monday in 19 civil lawsuits asking that the Cedar County judge overseeing those cases allow the attorneys to […]]]>

New court filings reveal some of the most brutal allegations of abuse at Agape boarding school so far, including a former student’s account that two staff members sexually assaulted him.

Those details were outlined in motions filed Monday in 19 civil lawsuits asking that the Cedar County judge overseeing those cases allow the attorneys to seek punitive damages. The new allegations cover a period from 2007 to 2021 with much – including the sexual assault complaint – from the past three years.

Changes to Missouri law in 2020 require attorneys to file an amended petition if they seek punitive damages on behalf of their clients. The law also allows for the filing of an amended petition if new information arises that was overlooked or unknown at the time the case began.

In a separate case, the Missouri attorney general’s office filed an injunction in September to close the school, saying the safety of current students was at risk. Since then, the case has been stalled in court.

The new petition in the civil suits contains seven pages of detailed allegations that describe broken noses, attempted suicides that were a “pandemic among college students” and intense physical assaults that resulted in outside medical treatment.

A former student, identified as MN, was at the school from 2017 to 2019 and alleged that a member of staff punched him in the testicles and that he “had to be taken to hospital where he underwent an ultrasound, and it was determined that he suffered a traumatic injury to his groin.

Some alleged the abuse began when they were transported to the Christian school near Stockton, Missouri, or shortly after arriving. One said he was ‘groped’ during his admissions process, and others described excruciating physical restraints that left them with bruises and damaged nerves.

“These are aggravating circumstances that the plaintiff should be allowed to present to the jury at trial so they can decide whether punitive damages are appropriate in this case,” the motion for leave in the RB lawsuit said, student at Agape from 2007 to 2012. “Claimant clearly carried his burden.”

This trial is one of 19.

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Agape Boarding School is located on a 200 acre ranch in Stockton, Missouri. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com

Robert Bucklin, 28, who is identified in the motion and lawsuit as RB but last year made his identity public, declined to comment on Tuesday. The motion describes that he was ‘strangled’ by a member of staff with the cord of a hair clipper until he nearly passed out. He also alleges that he attempted suicide 15 to 20 times during his nearly six years at school and drank chemicals to do so.

Ryan Frazier, whose law firm represents Bucklin and the other 18 former students, said Agape “has misled parents into thinking it’s a school with a heart, a place who can get wayward boys back on track, with love and care.”

“However, many former students of Agape Boarding School tell a different story,” Frazier said. “These individuals were mentally and physically abused under the guise of discipline, with some reporting sexual abuse as well.”

The lawsuits, Frazier said, were filed to allow the former students to “pursue justice for the trauma they endured and to give them an opportunity to have their voices heard.”

Agape’s lawyer, John Schultz, said the school had provided more than 6,000 boys over three decades with the opportunity to “get their lives back on track and towards a bright future”.

“We are disappointed to learn of the sensational allegations some of our former boys are now making…” Schultz said in a comment on Tuesday, which he also provided for an earlier story. “We have read many specific allegations that we know could not have happened given the 24/7 surveillance that extends to the dorm, showers, classroom, the dining room and all outdoor activities.

“We intend to file a response, denying the allegations and look forward to a trial where evidence can be presented to refute these allegations.”

After MN, who said he was punched in the testicles, returned home for a brief period in May 2018, he was brought back to school. He said he was picked up in the middle of the night by Robert Graves and former student dean Brent Jackson, according to the motion. Graves, himself a former Agape student, is the son-in-law of late Agape founder James Clemensen, and was until recently the Cedar County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The boy testified in deposition that Graves and Jackson entered his bedroom and woke him up. Parents often pay a transport company to pick up and deliver their children to boarding schools like Agape.

MN begged them not to take him back to Agape, the motion says. When the boy screamed for help, he said Jackson grabbed him, kicked him in the stomach, then tackled him to the ground.

“Graves then handcuffed MN and dragged him outside to their car,” the motion reads. “MN remembers vomiting uncontrollably in the car due to the trauma.”

The former MP was mentioned several times in the motion. One of those times involved an incident with a student identified as CM who, within two weeks of arriving, attempted suicide by hanging himself in the bathroom, according to the petition.

CM was in school in 2017 and 2018.

Graves “grabbed CM by the collar and dragged him to the floor in the admissions room and told CM that if he ever tried to kill himself again in Agape, Graves would put him in hell himself,” says Graves. the motion.

The documents name numerous other Agape staff members, three of whom are among the five currently charged in Cedar County with physically assaulting students. These men – Seth Duncan, Agape medical coordinator Scott Dumar and Trent Hartman – have all pleaded not guilty and have hearings into these crimes scheduled for next month.

Duncan and Dumar, along with staff member Dan Goldsmith – a former corrections officer in Pennsylvania – and Bryan Clemensen, director of Agape and son of its late founder, have been recognized by the state Department of Human Services as having abused or neglected students, according to the lawsuit. All but Duncan are still working at the Christian boarding school while they appeal the findings.

A former student identified as WH attended the school from 2019 to 2020, according to the motion. He said he was physically restrained on several occasions and later sought treatment for injuries sustained in those incidents.

“Before and during the restraint measures initiated by Duncan, WH had control, and not a threat of injury to himself or others,” the motion reads. “Instead, WH testified that Duncan initiated the restraint, for example, because WH stopped doing workouts because he was having trouble breathing.”

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Agape boarding school director Bryan Clemensen, left, and Agape attorney John Schultz leave the Cedar County courthouse after an earlier hearing into the Missouri attorney general’s decision to close school. Emilie Curiel ecuriel@kcstar.com

The motion also describes another incident involving the former student and two other staff members.

“WH was also escorted alone from the shower bay to the gymnasium where he was isolated, pinned down and restrained by staff,” he said. “During the restraint, WH testified that his shorts were pulled up to his knees and he (said) something was forced into his anus by staff causing him to pass out.”

In June 2021, The Star reported on allegations of two former students who said they were gang raped by Agape staff in 2009 and 2010. The two men were not at school at the same time and did not know each other not. Both said they were sexually assaulted by five staff members, with one staff member named in both alleged attacks. He still works at school.

WH’s recent sexual assault allegation describes a similar assault by two staff members. One of these two staff members who WH says attacked him was also identified in the 2010 gang rape allegation. The Star contacted this staff member last year and received no answer.

The new motion says the Agape Ministry staff handbook “expressly prohibits” child abuse or neglect at any time. This includes physical abuse, physical neglect, sexual abuse, medical neglect, mental abuse, bizarre discipline and corporal punishment, the motion says.

“Agape concedes that the only circumstances in which a student should be physically touched or restrained by staff are ‘when reasonably necessary to prevent an individual from physically harming themselves or another individual,'” the filing reads.

According to the motion, Goldsmith said Agape staff began “physically restraining students with handcuffs based on vague advice/recommendations from a Cedar County Sheriff’s Deputy and management Bryan Clemensen.” . Goldsmith said he kept a pair of handcuffs in his home and “personally handcuffed Agape students on more than one occasion and for consecutive days.”

The motion says that Goldsmith is still working at Agape.

This story was originally published November 15, 2022 12:34 p.m.

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5 Bollywood movies to watch with your kid on Children’s Day https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/5-bollywood-movies-to-watch-with-your-kid-on-childrens-day/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 15:08:13 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/5-bollywood-movies-to-watch-with-your-kid-on-childrens-day/ New Delhi: Children’s Day is approaching and you have to get ready to spend the day with your little ones. It is a special day dedicated to children and is marked as the birthday of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. On this day you can also watch exciting movies with your […]]]>

New Delhi: Children’s Day is approaching and you have to get ready to spend the day with your little ones. It is a special day dedicated to children and is marked as the birthday of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

On this day you can also watch exciting movies with your child and make the day special for him. Here are some Bollywood movies you can watch:

1. Taare Zameen By:

Ishaan, the film’s protagonist, is a young child who is frequently berated by his parents and teachers for not doing well in school and showing no interest in it. His parents are forced to enroll him in boarding school due to his school’s persistent complaints and declining grades. Ishaan’s father makes him go to boarding school even though he doesn’t want to.

Ishaan, however, was good at painting and had no limits to his imagination. But Ishaan also quit painting after learning that he would be attending boarding school. There is also no progress in him there, much to the dismay of his parents. Later, with the help of Nikumbh sir, Ishaan’s parents learn that he has dyslexia and needs special education.

Ishaan gradually befriends Nikumbh sir through his encouragement, advice, and playfulness. Ishaan finally returns to painting, and he also excels in his studies.

A scene from the movie – Taare Zameen Par (Image source: twitter)

2. Koi Mil Gaya:

The novel’s protagonist is Rohit, who is physically an adult but mentally still a child. He endures a lot of humiliation as boys in his age group laugh at his abnormalities. But the other kids he goes to school with really like him. Rohit’s mother keeps encouraging him, telling him that he will definitely have a good day and that everything will be better.

One day, Rohit accidentally presses several keys while tinkering with his father’s computer. He displays the same to his friend Nisha while completely unaware of what he was doing.

A storm is unleashed as a result, and a UFO carrying aliens appears. Unfortunately, one of them ends up getting lost in the woods.
The alien meets Rohit and Nisha, who are fascinated by it. They take him home, give him the name “Jadoo” and save him from the forest. Jadoo in turn blesses Rohit with his supernatural powers and Rohit’s life changes forever.

A photo of a scene from Koi Mil Gaya (Image source: Twitter)
A photo of a scene from Koi Mil Gaya (Image source: Twitter)

3. Bhootnath:

This is the story of a family that has just moved into a new house. It’s a huge mansion, but it’s said to be haunted by the spirit of the owner. Mind, Kailash Nath despises anyone who comes to stay at his house and similarly didn’t want Banku and his family to stay there as well. Banku, being a notorious and fun-loving child, hears about the rumors at school and asks his mother about ghosts. His mother tells him that ghosts don’t exist, only angels exist.

One evening, Banku goes to get some ice cream from the fridge and strange things happen. While intrigued by it all, he also sees the spirit of Kailash Nath. Frightened by the presence of a stranger suddenly, he tries to hide. Kailash Nath tries to scare him by saying he is a ghost, but Banku in turn says ghosts don’t exist but angels do.

They argue for a while and much to the mind’s surprise, Banku isn’t scared of him at all. Little by little, they become friends and they spend beautiful days together.

An image of the Bhootnath scene (Image source: Twitter)
An image of the Bhootnath scene (Image source: Twitter)

4. Stanley Ka Dabba:

If it weren’t for the grumpy, selfish instructors who insist on sharing their lunch, little Stanley and his classmates would be having a blast at school. When the Hindi instructor (Amole Gupte) asks Stanley to buy his own box of tiffins, which he never does, or to stop going to school, life becomes even more difficult.

A photo of Stanley Ka Dabba (Image source: Twitter)
A photo of Stanley Ka Dabba (Image source: Twitter)

5. I am Kalam:

It is the story of Chotu, a young child who comes from a low-income household and works as a child laborer in a roadside cafe (aka dhaba). Despite the hardships in his life, he is a contented youngster with a simple ambition to become someone like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Chotu, the main character, is sent to a dhaba to work and support the family. Here he befriends the royal heir of the same age, Rannvijay, who owns a beach resort nearby. Chotu has an extraordinary passion for information and education, and he dreams of dressing like Rannvijay and going to school in a tie and uniform.

A chance encounter with the Dr. Kalam Salute March and Republic Day Parade ensues. He finds out about the president out of curiosity and decides to become someone like him right away and he starts referring to himself as Kalam after that.

A still from the film I Am Kalam (Image source: Twitter)
A still from the film I Am Kalam (Image source: Twitter)

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King Charles looks suspicious in ‘The Crown’ season 5 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/king-charles-looks-suspicious-in-the-crown-season-5/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 16:49:17 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/king-charles-looks-suspicious-in-the-crown-season-5/ Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photos: Getty Images Answer honestly: would you be willing to be a Tampax branded tampon, allowed only eight to ten hours of one-time physical contact with the person you love the most, if that was what it took to be with them? Would you agree to this deal, understanding the reality […]]]>

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Answer honestly: would you be willing to be a Tampax branded tampon, allowed only eight to ten hours of one-time physical contact with the person you love the most, if that was what it took to be with them? Would you agree to this deal, understanding the reality of a tampon’s situation: getting thrown in the trash or just “running on top of the toilet forever”, “never coming down”? Sorry, but I don’t think you love anyone that much. Do you know who does? And who had the courage of his convictions to say it loud and clear? King Charles III, who in a 1989 phone call complained it would be ‘just his luck’ to be reincarnated as a tampon next to the panties of his then mistress and now wife, Queen Consort Camilla . When records of the phone call leaked in 1993, the episode known as ‘Tampongate’ (or ‘Camillagate’, whichever you prefer) emerged as a sharp embarrassment in a decade full of royal scandals – a moment among many that the British monarchy probably didn’t want to see re-enacted on Netflix The crown.

The show’s fifth season spans from 1991 to 1997, or Charles’ controversial divorce from Princess Diana, and for weeks before its release today, palace aides and the king himself are said to have been fuming over its content potential. Members of the royal family are said to have “acted to protect the king’s reputation” and the newfound popularity he enjoyed during his difficult first days on the throne. Former prime ministers John Major (who also chaired a party mired in ‘dirt’ during this period, although conveniently for him the writers deleted all mention of these incidents from the plot) and Tony Blair hit back at misrepresentations of recent history. Dame Judi Dench has publicly pleaded for a warning to be added clarifying that The crown is “fictitious”, apparently concerning that some viewers – especially those from “overseas”, a group that includes entire countries filled with people not subject to the jurisdiction of the monarchy – may not realize that they watch an actor-directed TV drama rather than a spicy documentary. But I’m not sure Charles needs to worry. In a season that often feels like a warmed up reading of The Chronicles of DianaCharles once again benefits from a portrait of rare sympathy.

When confirming season five would cover Tampongate, Charles actor Dominic West said he and co-star Olivia Williams approached the subject with empathy — just “two middle-aged lovers being nice to each other,” he said. The Guardian, then see their intimate exchange splash on the front pages of newspapers around the world and made available for a nominal fee on special helplines. “Imagine how awful that is,” West correctly added. “It just strikes you as a horrific invasion of privacy that no one should have to go through.”

That’s what Tampongate has always been: a blatant excess of over-hungry media who, years later, would be arrested for hacking into the royal phones and publishing their findings. While the palace and some of the audience were horrified by the contents of the buffer when they exited, the actual conversation is chaste. Charles and Camilla don’t even discuss phone sex. They joke, they laugh, they indulge in their own bizarre humor and a shared melancholy of not being able to hang around all the time. What stands out, and what would have hurt Diana when she read the transcripts, is how much they adore each other. The crownPrincess Anne of , played by Claudia Harrison, consoles her brother that, although the exchange was a little “gynecological” for her taste, Charles and Camilla “seemed gloriously human and entirely in love”. She adds: “For that alone, you deserve some credit, in this particular family.”

Since the introduction of an adult Charles in season three, The crown tried to give him credit. He took a humanizing approach to the character, bringing to life a lonely childhood with preoccupied and distant parents, a miserable stint at a Scottish boarding school, a thwarted shot at true love, an arranged marriage to a teenager he doesn’t didn’t really know, and a perpetual obligation to put aside his relatively progressive views on the country and do his duty in silence. The telegraph called The crown “the best PR he ever had” even as Charles himself chafed at factual inaccuracies. During the show’s third season, the framing of his pre-investiture stint at Aberystwyth University in Wales reportedly enraged him; in the fifth season, I imagine that’s the suggestion that he once considered staging a coup based on a single public opinion poll. That’s what pissed off ex-Prime Minister Major, anyway, calling the imaginary conversation a “barrel of nonsense”. If Charles had ever toyed with his mother’s overthrow, it would indeed have been a betrayal, so you can see where he might be annoyed. The record reflects that the current king has never done more than voice his opinions (ad nauseam and sometimes directly to political leaders in letters The Guardian described as “political demands”) on how he thought the country could be run better. The crown is not the only drama to portray Charles as eager to portray himself as the modern monarchical alternative – please see 2006 The Queen to learn more about it – but few others go to such lengths to help you see his side of things.

In a season primarily focused on Elizabeth Debicki’s Princess Diana, Charles really only has one episode going for him. It starts with Tampongate and ends with a promotion for his youth charity, the Prince’s Trust, which “has helped 1million young people realize their potential and brought in almost £1.4billion in value to the society”. That’s according to the epilogue note, which plays to a shot of Charles de West joining a break-dancing circle and having fun for the crowd. In between, we see him advocating for reforms such as “ending the ban on eldest daughters inheriting the throne” and making the monarchy self-funding and focused on the environment, ideas that inspire no interest in the crispiest members of his family.

But by the time we get to the break-dancing montage (a real thing that happened in 1985; here’s some footage for posterity), the episode risks looking like a monarchist commercial, not least because of the facts, he is wrong. Take the then-Prince’s interview with Jonathan Dimbleby in 1994, one in which he admitted to cheating on Princess Diana after the marriage “broken down irretrievably.” Unlike the rambling and inconsistent framing of Camilla as a “great friend” that Charles gave, a snippet of which you can see here, Charles de West navigates confidently through the pared down version of his response. In The crown, the segment is billed as successful enough for Charles to think he can start his own court. Not so in reality. In the 90s, the adultery confession eclipsed almost everything Charles said in the segment. “In one fell swoop, he wiped out all the goodwill he had built up over 12 months,” royal biographer Brian Hoey told The New York Times. Time during a screening of the interview. The tabloids gave Diana a win, while around two-thirds of the British public (according to a poll) saw the disclosure as disqualifying Charles from future work. “He is not the first royal to be unfaithful. Far from it,” read one DailyMirror item, according to Time. “But he is the first to appear before 25 million of his subjects to confess.”

None of this is to say that Charles deserves a hatchet job, just that The crown applies a predictable glossy shine to his reputation. He largely ignores her allegedly explosive temper except in situations where rage might be warranted – damning her for Diana Panorama say it all, for example, draws punches from West. But this Charles doesn’t smother his valets, defenestrate furniture during arguments, or travel with his personal toilet seat, as his real-life counterpart would have. No one squeezes this man’s toothpaste from him, and no one gets bored on a faulty pen. This Charles is portrayed by his own fictional family as a formidably strong leader and forward thinker rather than the quibbling author of whiny complaints that some biographers have conjured up.

If Charles lost his divorce from Diana in the real world, he arguably wins it here – Debicki’s bizarre Diana tackles the princess’ (justifiable) paranoia, vanity and petulance in a portrait without doubt more true to life than West’s. Fiction can also work in favor of the monarchy, and this is undoubtedly The crownit is Biggest Tip: By guessing the feelings and motivations behind people that most audiences can never really know, it creates an impressive degree of relatability for remote multi-millionaires. It successfully positions an astonishing inherited privilege as a burden, allowing the viewer to understand how bad it must be to exist as cogs in ancient machines, always having to put their feelings, opinions and desires into play. service of an ideal. The obligation to impassivity while the press presents the members of your family as “actors in a royal soap opera”, to quote the New York Time, probably grids. But public scrutiny is part of being a public figure. If the Royal Family’s goal is continued relevance, a high-production soap opera is probably preferable to tabloid churning. I imagine Charles hopes to one day move on from his mortifying menstrual ode, but he should be grateful The crown doesn’t. It’s the most endearing he’s ever watched, break-dancing included.

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Every Main Character In The Teen Series, Ranked https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/every-main-character-in-the-teen-series-ranked/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/every-main-character-in-the-teen-series-ranked/ Young Royals is a Netflix teen series that follows the life of Prince Wilhelm, a new student at the elite Hillerska boarding school. The show explores the realities of adolescence, from dealing with neurodivergence in a non-tolerant society to exploring sexuality. In this regard, Young Royals is undoubtedly at the forefront of underrated LGBTQ+ shows […]]]>

Young Royals is a Netflix teen series that follows the life of Prince Wilhelm, a new student at the elite Hillerska boarding school. The show explores the realities of adolescence, from dealing with neurodivergence in a non-tolerant society to exploring sexuality. In this regard, Young Royals is undoubtedly at the forefront of underrated LGBTQ+ shows aimed at today’s teens (rivaling Netflix’s other teen series Heart stroke). Indeed, the Netflix original series received a lot of praise for its level of LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion, as well as the actual cast of real-life teenagers.


With the recent release of Season 2, Young Royals garnered more attention for the main cast’s continued outstanding performances. Like any other series, the main characters serve as the focal point, and as with any story, it is necessary to have both protagonists and antagonists in the main cast in order to move the narrative forward with conflict and resolution. As a result, not every character will necessarily be someone you root for. Here are all the main characters of Young Royalsclass.

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6/6 August

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August (Malte Gårdinger) is the antagonist of Young Royals. A typical arrogant rich kid who thinks of himself as the “it” kid in Hillerska, August only cares about himself. When Wilhelm arrives as Hillerska, August takes him under his wing, and while it may seem like he has Wilhelm’s best interests at heart, the reality is quite different. His jealousy of Wilhelm’s status arouses great rage in him, which he expresses by leaking the video of Wilhelm and Simon having sex. Doing something like this is not only traumatic for the parts of the video, but the act could also land August in legal trouble. He is by far the worst character Young Royalswho only cares about him and his status at school.

Related: 8 LGBTQ+ TV Series To Watch On Netflix

5/6 Sarah

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A character who falls in the neutral section on the morality scale is Sara (Frida Argento), Simon’s sister. Another student at Hillerska, Sara spends much of her time with her horse before befriending Felice, who helps her become more social among the other students. That being said, Sara isn’t exactly the best character and is more neutral than really good. For example, when Sara discovers that August has leaked a video of Simon and Wilhelm, she blackmails August to her advantage rather than reporting him to the school principal. It’s not exactly model behavior, but seeing August suffer for what he’s done is a dark sense of justice that Sara serves.

4/6 Simon

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Serving as Wilhelm’s love interest, Simon (Omar Rudberg) is definitely a fan-favorite character. Simon is a non-resident at the boarding school and, due to his low-income background, does not fit in with the majority of the other students. He is one of the few on Young Royals who regularly underscores the privilege the students feel while the rest of the world struggles, part of what makes his character so beloved. Simon is a supportive friend, brother and boyfriend who is always there for those he loves. His level of compassion is rarely seen among wealthy royals of the elite school, another reason why he is considered one of the best characters in Young Royals. Speaking to Digital Spy, Rudberg shared her hopes for a happy ending for Simon and Wilhelm.

3/6 Guillaume

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As one of the main characters, Prince Wilhelm (Edvin Ryding) spends a lot of screen time on Young Royals. While some would expect Wilhelm to be higher on this list, the reality is that while he’s a likable character, he’s not the best. Part of what makes his character so likeable is how he handles all the changes he goes through. From attending the new boarding school to exploring his sexuality with Simon, Wilhelm does the best he can. Wilhelm’s biggest drawback is that he cares too much about what other people think rather than focusing on his own wants and needs.

Related: The Best LGBTQ+ Couples In TV History

2/6 Erik

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Erik (Ivar Forsling) is another royal on the show, but unlike many of Wilhelm’s older siblings, he doesn’t consider himself superior to Wilhelm in any way. He is a supportive big brother, taking Wilhelm to school on the first day to help him feel more comfortable. Besides being the best big brother, Erik also seems to be the only royal to call Wilhelm regularly. All of these things make Erik one of the most lovable characters on the show because he only cares about his brother’s well-being, which is more than can be said for all the other members of their family, including their parents. Although Erik’s time on the show was brief, he left a lasting impression on audiences.

1/6 Felix

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Felice (Nikita Uggla) is a character full of surprises. While outwardly she appears to be just another rich guy at a boarding school, she turns out to be much more than that. Through Young Royals, she opens up to the characters around her and her true personality is revealed. Felice is one of the first people to befriend Sara and help her feel comfortable making more friends. She also blindly supports Wilhelm and Simon despite her longtime crush on Wilhelm. This proves that Felice is capable of putting her own emotions aside for the sake of her friends.

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Here are 5 ways a boarding school can help children develop their overall personality https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/here-are-5-ways-a-boarding-school-can-help-children-develop-their-overall-personality/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:18:57 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/here-are-5-ways-a-boarding-school-can-help-children-develop-their-overall-personality/ Boarding schools are places where students come not only to learn, but also to live and develop their personalities. Everything you need to know. Here are 5 ways a boarding school can help children develop their overall personality By India Today Web Desk: School today is incredibly competitive, and kids have a plethora of options […]]]>

Boarding schools are places where students come not only to learn, but also to live and develop their personalities. Everything you need to know.

Here are 5 ways a boarding school can help children develop their overall personality

By India Today Web Desk: School today is incredibly competitive, and kids have a plethora of options in terms of career choices and majors they can pursue after high school. And while a school education is incredibly vital, those early years of childhood where they acquire a vast set of skills and knowledge are crucial as they will shape the people they will become in their adult lives. Everything you need to know from the author Smt. Raj Rani Goel, Chief Executive, Satluj Public School, Ellenabad.

Thus, parents are now actively enrolling their children in extracurricular activities such as fine arts, athletics, and other intellectual interests such as scrabble, spelling, chess, skating, and even rock climbing. It is also very clear that academic education alone will no longer be enough to prepare students for a successful and motivated life in the future.

  • Focusing on holistic development that goes far beyond mere academic education has become the need of the hour. In today’s environment, with the increasingly competitive environment, globalization and technology-driven innovation, children must be trained to become multifaceted and multidimensional and develop a well-rounded personality.
  • That said, given modern challenges, especially in the post-covid era, few parents can dedicate the necessary time to their children to improve their abilities or provide them with extracurricular activities and help outside of school.
Here are 5 ways a boarding school can help children develop their overall personality

This is why boarding schools or boarding schools, which place a strong emphasis on the holistic development of children, are gaining popularity among modern parents, as they provide their children with all the necessary avenues within a specific campus where they can benefit from special attention given by experts. on academic knowledge and personality development, sports, fine arts, all extracurricular activities, grooming and art required. This is why it is important to review boarding schools from the value they add to college education at this time.

holistic growth

Boarding schools are places where students come not only to learn, but also to live and develop their personalities. In the absence of their parents, these schools are tasked with motivating, engaging and nurturing the students.

Boarding schools emphasize the total development of children, including communication skills, physical fitness, problem solving, decision-making, and general intellectual talents, in addition to providing students with in-depth academic information. Overall, boarding schools serve as a home for children.

Discipline management and a healthy balance of independence

Students learn how discipline and punctuality help them achieve more in all aspects of their academic and non-academic endeavors. Simultaneously, students learn to make decisions for themselves, as well as to get along and cooperate productively with classmates from other backgrounds.

It also improves their critical thinking, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and communication skills. These characteristics are considered essential for later success in personal and professional spheres.

Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities

Education in general has now moved from academic and theoretical understanding to a broader set of preparation for life, and it is more about developing skills, developing your personality and understanding the academic side of the education for something like that. Parents are now on high alert as only academics in school no longer matter.

character development

It focused on developing the student’s personality, perception, character, and emotional responses. Parents therefore seek schools that include “character development” in their pedagogy, which results in the holistic growth of their children as responsible, balanced, and civic individuals. Considering the current state of world affairs, boarding schools are certainly becoming more important in teaching the next generation.

Independent lifestyle

Boarding schools help students become more self-sufficient by encouraging them to complete their own daily chores, manage their schoolwork, keep a monthly budget and watch their eating habits, instilling in them basic life skills while training them to personal time management. It also instills in them a sense of responsibility, and as a result children become more mature and aware.

All parents, by default, seek to find the best educational options for their children to ensure their long-term success. From elementary school to higher education, they want to choose the best institution and the best program for their children. Another element that could help children grow and bring about a good life-changing transformation is the experience of attending boarding school. Boarding schools involve students living on campus with other students and pastoral staff, much like a family. This experience has far-reaching implications and should be considered when selecting a school for your child.

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Five Mysteries That Inspire Serious Childhood’s Favorite Vibes ‹ CrimeReads https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/five-mysteries-that-inspire-serious-childhoods-favorite-vibes-crimereads/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 09:31:26 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/five-mysteries-that-inspire-serious-childhoods-favorite-vibes-crimereads/ My first intimate, historical mystery, THE SOCIALITE’S GUIDE TO MURDER, started like this: I wanted to write a story that was essentially Eloise at the Plaza, all adult and mystery-solving. Once I got into the nitty-gritty of the writing, my main character Evelyn became her own person – uh, fictional – with her own issues […]]]>

My first intimate, historical mystery, THE SOCIALITE’S GUIDE TO MURDER, started like this: I wanted to write a story that was essentially Eloise at the Plaza, all adult and mystery-solving. Once I got into the nitty-gritty of the writing, my main character Evelyn became her own person – uh, fictional – with her own issues (she’s a bit agoraphobic) and quirks (she has a knack for find things). But the vibes that were inspired by one of my favorite childhood stories are still there: a swanky hotel in New York, a main character who goes where she wants inside, and a general disregard for the sanity of the hotel manager.

It got me wondering what other childhood classics I might associate with recent – rather, released in the last decade or so – intimate or historical mysteries. We’re going here for vibes, not necessarily individual comparisons. Below is a list of five books that fit the bill.

If you liked CHRONICLES OF THE ENCHANTED FOREST by Patricia C. Wrede, try THE BEAUFORT SCALES COZY MYSTERIES by Kim M. Watt

I have a distinct memory of ordering DEALING WITH DRAGONS in the Scholastic flyer that came to my school. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles was the first series of books I read on my own.

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If you also liked Cimorene, the other princesses and the dragons they worked for, BAKING BAD might just be for you. When a vicar appears to have been murdered by none other than a poisoned cupcake, it seems a member of the local Women’s Institute is responsible for the death. Should be a fairly simple case to solve. But then the dragons appear.

Dragons and pastry! You see what I mean ? Kazul loved Cimorene’s Cherry Jubilee!

If you liked SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, try Esme Addison’s A SPELL FOR TROUBLE

Did you know that Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV with Melissa Joan Hart had a series of novels based on the series? Did you also know that one of these novelizations features mermaids? If you answered yes to any of these questions – or even if you answered no, unless you were opposed at a good time – A SORT FOR TROUBLE might encounter the vibes you are looking for.

After his father’s death, Alex visits his aunt and cousins ​​in Bellamy Bay. She is shocked to hear the rumors from around town that her family are supposed to be magic healers with mermaids for ancestors. But then a customer is poisoned in his aunt’s apothecary shop, and after Aunt Lidia is arrested, Alex sets out to find the real killer.

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Mermaids and magic? Yes please!

If you liked TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING by Judy Bloom, try STAY AT HOME DEAD by Jeffrey Allen

We’re going to look for vibrations here, right? So listen to me. What I remember from the Fudge books is that deep down it was a family thing. And there were male main characters. It was a big problem. The other Judy Blooms were all girls. Good. I think Freckle Juice was a boy.

In STAY AT HOME DEAD, Deuce Winters takes her three-year-old daughter to the grocery store. Just as they have finished their weekly errands, a corpse appears in his minivan. It’s an unfortunate coincidence that the dead man is Deuce’s high school rival.

Deuce is a husband and a father and he must juggle being a stay-at-home dad and solving a mystery. Hopefully the mystery doesn’t involve some poor turtles named Dribble.

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If you liked THE CURIOUS CLUBHOUSE by Christine Noble Govan, try MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER by TA Willberg

This one might be a little more obscure, but The Curious Clubhouse was about a group of kids who start bringing things into an empty house. Each room was dedicated to its own thing, for example, one room is reserved for dolls. But then things take a ghostly turn and the kids have to solve a mystery. This setup reminds me of the vibes of MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER.

It’s London in the late 1950s and there’s a detective agency operating in secret, underground. It’s literally underground, with a library, bar, living quarters and a gadget room – yeah, I said gadgets! And while Marion tries to solve a murder to clear her mentor’s name, there’s something lurking in the tunnels just past the border in Miss Brickett’s investigations and investigations.

If you liked Ann M. Martin’s BABYSITTERS CLUB, try Kylie Logan’s THE LEAGUE OF LITERARY LADIES

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I loved the Babysitter’s Club when I was a kid. And again, in adulthood, when Netflix launched a show based on the series. A group of girls get together and start a club to find babysitting jobs and earn money. Their relationships develop as they do. And sure enough, in the first League of Literary Ladies book, MAYHEM AT THE ORIENT EXPRESS, the women get together in a book club because they’ve been ordered to, but they still band together. Not to make money, but to solve a murder.

The three amateur sleuths are all different from each other, and they don’t get along at first, but they’re a pleasure to read. And the title inspired by Christie? Chef’s kiss.

Bonus: If you liked MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans, try a few different suggestions.

I wanted to include MADELINE in this list. This is another children’s book that I loved so much I named a child after it. But I had a hard time aligning the moods (boarding school + Paris + nuns) with a single suggestion. So here’s a couple.

If you are looking for:

A Mystery in Paris: THE PARIS APARTMENT by Lucy Foley (it’s technically a thriller, but I loved it anyway)

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A Nun Solving a Mystery: THE MYSTERIES OF SISTER AGATHA by Aimee Thurlo and David Thurlo

A Boarding School Mystery: THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French (also technically a thriller, but hey, that’s the bonus section, I’m allowed to break my own rules)

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Tower Court Armley: The Leeds couple breathe new life into the city’s history with the restoration of a listed boarding school https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tower-court-armley-the-leeds-couple-breathe-new-life-into-the-citys-history-with-the-restoration-of-a-listed-boarding-school/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 09:50:16 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/tower-court-armley-the-leeds-couple-breathe-new-life-into-the-citys-history-with-the-restoration-of-a-listed-boarding-school/ Leeds-based property couple Hannah and Mike Aspinall bring some of Leeds history to life after they purchased Tower Court in Armley. The Grade II listed building, built in 1878, originally served as a council school for the children of Leeds until it was converted into offices towards the end of the 20th century. Following the […]]]>

Leeds-based property couple Hannah and Mike Aspinall bring some of Leeds history to life after they purchased Tower Court in Armley.

The Grade II listed building, built in 1878, originally served as a council school for the children of Leeds until it was converted into offices towards the end of the 20th century.

Following the purchase, the couple are now looking to breathe new life into the building, revitalizing Tower Court to create modern office space which will also serve as the headquarters of the NPP Group, a property investment group owned by the Aspinalls, helping people around the world are investing in the UK property market to create more housing opportunities for people in need in Yorkshire and surrounding areas.

Pictured: Tower Court in Armley.

The couple began their property investment journey after Mike retired from a professional rugby career with Leeds Tykes. After building a successful property portfolio in and around Yorkshire, the couple focused on restoring key sites around Leeds.

Speaking after their recent completion on Tower Court, Mike commented:

“We are delighted to have purchased this incredible building which has historic significance for the city.

Growing up around Leeds I saw the landscape change drastically over the years seeing buildings come and go. Breathing new life into buildings like Tower Court helps preserve Leeds’ rich history for generations to come.

Pictured are Leeds-based property couple Hannah and Mike Aspinall.

Through the renovation, our goal is to create modern workspaces to help attract new businesses to the city. »

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Culpeper cast to star in ‘Antigone’ at Woodberry Forest https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/culpeper-cast-to-star-in-antigone-at-woodberry-forest/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 00:30:00 +0000 https://worldsocialist-cwi.org/culpeper-cast-to-star-in-antigone-at-woodberry-forest/ CULPEPER STAR-EXHIBITOR Two young actors from Culpeper will star next month in Woodberry Forest School’s antique “Antigone.” Adapted from Sophocles by Jean Anouilh and translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere, the play will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Walker Fine Arts Center Bowman Gray Theater. Culpeper students Lillyanna Freitas […]]]>

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Two young actors from Culpeper will star next month in Woodberry Forest School’s antique “Antigone.”

Adapted from Sophocles by Jean Anouilh and translated from the French by Lewis Galantiere, the play will begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 4 at the Walker Fine Arts Center Bowman Gray Theater.

Culpeper students Lillyanna Freitas and Jesse Saunders, class of 2024 from Woodberry Forest School, star in this Athenian tragedy, written around 442 BC. The play deals with the burial of her brother by Antigone in defiance of the law and the tragic repercussions of her act of civil disobedience.

The Woodberry Forest production will take the stage twice more – at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5 and for a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

The theatrical event is free and open to the public.

Arrive early, organizers advise. The house opens 30 minutes before the curtain. Theater goers will want to be there then so they have plenty of time to find parking, get to the theater, and find a seat.

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“There are several other local girls in the cast who have been involved in WFS Dramatics,” said Barbara Wimble, the school’s drama and speech coordinator. “We couldn’t do the shows we do without the support of talented local girls and their parents who drive them to rehearsals.”

Madison County boarding school for boys, Woodberry Forest regularly recruits girls from surrounding communities to participate in its well-produced and entertaining plays open to local audiences.

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