A school reunion

Featured in

  • Published 20060505
  • ISBN: 9780733316081
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

CITIES ARE SOCIALLY stratified. The nobs live where the views are best. The workers live in the valleys and the flat wastelands. It is possible to live in a certain part of an Australian city and never meet an Aborigine, a Jew, an immigrant from the Indian subcontinent, a doctor (apart from when visiting a surgery), a garbage collector (until he fails to take your garbage away) or a billionaire.

This doesn’t happen in country towns. While it is true that adults, applying nothing more complex than the “birds of a feather” principle, will tend to gravitate towards each other out of social, economic and intellectual self-interest, country schools are great homes of egalitarianism – until, at least, the end of primary school, when some parents send their children off to city private schools.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Share article

More from author

In Lawson’s tracks

ReportageABOUT TEN KILOMETRES south of Hungerford, I get out of the car and start walking. Hungerford sits on the New South Wales-Queensland border more...

More from this edition

The trouble with empathy

EssayNo doubt the finite and meagre nature of our feelings does prevent us from extending our sympathies to those whom we have not seen...

A preposterous life

ReviewSATIRE REACHES THE pinnacle of success when it becomes the thing being satirised. Such is the achievement of Kath & Kim, probably the most popular...

Something to remember me by

MemoirIN THE SUMMER of 1992, the Aboriginal band Sunrize, a group of heavy rock musicians from Maningrida in Arnhem Land, decided to pay me...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.