Author of The Notebook and school’s co-founder says emails to former headmaster are ‘not news’ ahead of trial in August
Bestselling romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks has rejected claims that he fostered an anti-LGBT environment at a school that he co-founded, after emails between him and a former headmaster were leaked to the Daily Beast.
The author of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember co-founded the Epiphany School of Global Studies in North Carolina in 2006. In 2014, former headmaster Saul Benjamin launched a lawsuit in which he alleged that Sparks and other members of the school board had “unapologetically marginalised, bullied, and harassed” people at the school, including Benjamin, “whose religious views and/or identities did not conform to their religiously driven, bigoted preconceptions”. The lawsuit also alleged that influential families at the school bullied and “sought to enact a ‘homo-caust’” against LGBT students, and claimed that Sparks “derisively” referred to them as “the gay club”.Continue reading...
Education secretary says arguments and disengaged parents cost nine GCSE grades
Children’s home environments have a bigger effect on social mobility than being born into low-income backgrounds or attending underperforming schools, the education secretary has said.
Damian Hinds described the issue as “the last taboo in public policy”, and added that “what parents do is actually more important than who your parents are” in an unscripted speech addressed to people involved in education on Monday.Continue reading...