Friday, December 14, 2007

It's called an iceberg, Tompkins

You may think that responding to every headline with a public inquiry and changes to the school curriculum is a modern habit.

Not a bit of it.

I was talking the other day to someone whose son attends the London Nautical School. She said - and the school's website confirms it - that the school was founded in 1915, as a consequence of the official report into the loss of the Titanic. It was set up to teach better seamanship to London's youth.

Today it is a foundation school and sports college within the Borough of Lambeth, and displays an individuality that is often lacking in the state system. But truly there is nothing new under the sun.

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