I’m writing this column, as I always do, in my local coffee shop and I’m shamelessly eavesdropping on the conversation of two mums from my son’s Year Five group. There was a time when eavesdropping would reward me with stories of affairs, shoplifting and lanced boils, but these days, in this coffee shop by the school, the intense, hushed chatter is, of course, about schools. Parents who are past this stage – and those who don’t have children – find talk of combing through education options as interesting as learning about a charcoal soup recipe. But as my good friend Whitney once said, I believe the children are our future – teach them well and let them lead the way. I used to live in a very fancy-pants part of London. Most of my fellow parents put their kids in the local, “outstanding” primary school (“Because why pay for colouring in?” honked one neighbourhood mum), then paid for private school or moved away … [Read more...] about I don’t want my kids to be segregated at school, whether for academic or religious reasons – why do other people?