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18th Jun '17 1:21:41 PM nombretomado
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* ''AChristmasCarol'' rounds out the Charles Dickens hat-trick: Ebenezer Scrooge spent his childhood years at one. Uniquely, ''A Christmas Carol's'' horror is on a more abstract, intellectual level: at Scrooge's school, his teachers strove to pound out any and all glimmers of imagination and fantasy and replace them with cold, hard, facts. (This is also in Dickens' ''Hard Times''). Said teachers are not presented as out-and-out villains (indeed, we never see them as characters in their own right), but as practitioners of [[SocietyMarchesOn then-accepted teaching standards]]. The Ghost of Christmas Past effectively punctures Scrooge's NostalgiaFilter over his school days and forces him to confront what it ''really'' did.

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* ''AChristmasCarol'' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' rounds out the Charles Dickens hat-trick: Ebenezer Scrooge spent his childhood years at one. Uniquely, ''A Christmas Carol's'' horror is on a more abstract, intellectual level: at Scrooge's school, his teachers strove to pound out any and all glimmers of imagination and fantasy and replace them with cold, hard, facts. (This is also in Dickens' ''Hard Times''). Said teachers are not presented as out-and-out villains (indeed, we never see them as characters in their own right), but as practitioners of [[SocietyMarchesOn then-accepted teaching standards]]. The Ghost of Christmas Past effectively punctures Scrooge's NostalgiaFilter over his school days and forces him to confront what it ''really'' did.
14th Jun '17 9:30:44 PM nombretomado
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* Cackle's Academy in ''TheWorstWitch'' teeters on being an example. The school is described as cold during the winter and the girls are forced to spend break outdoors even when it's cold. The food is also always served cold (mostly because it takes half an hour to carry up to the Great Hall from the kitchens). And while there is a SadistTeacher Miss Hardbroom and a few strict others, the headmistress Miss Cackle is good natured and friendly. The school's conditions are all in the name of tradition rather than any desire to be cruel. The TV series does also help make the school a little more welcoming.

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* Cackle's Academy in ''TheWorstWitch'' ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' teeters on being an example. The school is described as cold during the winter and the girls are forced to spend break outdoors even when it's cold. The food is also always served cold (mostly because it takes half an hour to carry up to the Great Hall from the kitchens). And while there is a SadistTeacher Miss Hardbroom and a few strict others, the headmistress Miss Cackle is good natured and friendly. The school's conditions are all in the name of tradition rather than any desire to be cruel. The TV series does also help make the school a little more welcoming.
11th Jun '17 9:01:18 PM jtierney50
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* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} attended several boarding schools in his youth, almost all of which were horribly traumatic experiences. He rarely had any friends, he was frequently forgotten there by Mallory, and in one episode, it's revealed he got pnuemonia from being swirlied in a toilet filled with pee.
2nd Jun '17 8:52:44 AM Madrugada
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* There has been a saying in UK: ''When lower class boys turn bad, they are sent to borstal. When upper class boys turn bad, they are sent to boarding school.'' This implies that at least ''some'' UK boarding schools and institutions for juvenile delinquents are NotSoDifferent. After the British politician Jonathan Aitken was imprisoned for perjury, he said that prison hadn't been too bad compared to boarding school.
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2nd Jun '17 8:50:10 AM Madrugada
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* [[TropeBreaker Broken]] in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The boarding school is so perfect it's unbelievable.
2nd Jun '17 8:37:26 AM Madrugada
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A sub-trope of this is the Day School of Horrors, of which the most notable exponent was probably the Overly Strict Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when [[SternNun the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul]]. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...

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A sub-trope subcategory of this is the Day School of Horrors, Horrors: same sort of which thing, but the most notable exponent was probably kids get to go home at the Overly Strict end of each day; The more common types of this variant tend to be schools run by religious organizations, Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when [[SternNun the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul]]. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...
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* ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has the titular school, which seems to involve children being abused horribly, sent on dangerous missions and forbidden to contact their families.

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* ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' has the titular title school, which seems to involve children being abused horribly, sent on dangerous missions and forbidden to contact their families.
1st Jun '17 10:36:47 PM angie710
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A sub-trope of this is the Day School of Horrors, of which the most notable exponent was probably the Overly Strict Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...

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A sub-trope of this is the Day School of Horrors, of which the most notable exponent was probably the Overly Strict Catholic School (circa 1930-1960). It was bad enough when [[SternNun the nuns could make you stand in a trash can or beat you with a yardstick in front of the class for such minor infractions as improperly polished shoes or sneezing in church, all the while telling you that beating the tar out of your living body was good for your immortal soul.soul]]. Got turned UpToEleven when we all found out the extent of sexual assault at the hands of the clergy. In Australia at least this was paralleled in the state-run orphanages, in which the sexual abuse of minors was also depressingly common...
13th May '17 2:05:04 AM morane
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Had (has?) some elements of {{truth in television}}. Boarding schools were not a Victorian innovation, but the institution was embraced as a means of counteracting the softening, emasculating influence of mothers and preparing young men for the harsh rigours of the world of business and Empire. The move to purposefully harsh institutions as a solution to parental mollycoddling took place in the context of the early-mid Victorian love of childhood and doting parenthood, which it was later feared would render the new generation of the better sort of people - i.e. the middle and upper classes - too soft to maintain Anglo supremacy. Thus, boarding schools were intended to break the attendants and thus prevent them from becoming 'soft' and/or homosexual. More specifically they would [[MiseryBuildsCharacter instill discipline and self-discipline]], deference to authority, strict morals, a vague sense of the Christian religion, and teamwork. This was, of course, in addition to all the usual things one expects a public school (a school open to the paying public as opposed to a private school, which was more exclusive) to do. For real life examples, see also the section in the StrawmanU page for "St. Jim Jonestown Academy."

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Had (has?) some elements of {{truth in television}}. Boarding schools were not a Victorian innovation, but the institution was embraced as a means of counteracting the softening, emasculating influence of mothers and preparing young men for the harsh rigours of the world of business and Empire. The move to purposefully harsh institutions as a solution to parental mollycoddling took place in the context of the early-mid Victorian love of childhood and doting parenthood, which it was later feared would render the new generation of the better sort of people - i.e. the middle and upper classes - too soft to maintain Anglo supremacy. Thus, boarding schools were intended to break the attendants and thus prevent them from becoming 'soft' and/or homosexual. More specifically they would [[MiseryBuildsCharacter instill discipline and self-discipline]], deference to authority, strict morals, a vague sense of the Christian religion, and teamwork. This was, of course, in addition to all the usual things one expects a public school (a school open to the paying public as opposed to a private school, which was more exclusive) to do. For real life examples, see also the section in the StrawmanU page for "St. Jim Jonestown Academy."
" The overtly strict atmosphere of the boarding schools produced a proverb ''When a lower class kid turns bad, he is sent to a borstal; when an upper class kid turns bad, he is sent to a boarding school''. Some boarding schools hardly differed from reform schools (borstals) except on curriculum.
22nd Apr '17 7:34:05 PM nombretomado
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* Dorian Sanders from v3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' apparently went to one of these, though so far the only clue about said school is the description of how he was psychologically changed by his time there in his bio.

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* Dorian Sanders from v3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' apparently went to one of these, though so far the only clue about said school is the description of how he was psychologically changed by his time there in his bio.
2nd Apr '17 5:15:21 AM dreamofwritting
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* While most of the students and teachers of the {{Youkai}} Academy in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' are not terribly evil, there is an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil who devolved into KnightTemplar {{Yakuza}} over the years, a few {{Sadist Teacher}}s (including [[Myth/GreekMythology Medusa]]), and all the students (save [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent one]]) are shape-shifting demons and if any of them reveal their true forms they're threatened with [[DeadlyEuphemism "permanent expulsion"]], although this is not followed through on.

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* While most of the students and teachers of the {{Youkai}} Academy in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' are not terribly evil, there is an AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil who devolved into KnightTemplar {{Yakuza}} over the years, a few {{Sadist Teacher}}s (including [[Myth/GreekMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Medusa]]), and all the students (save [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent one]]) are shape-shifting demons and if any of them reveal their true forms they're threatened with [[DeadlyEuphemism "permanent expulsion"]], although this is not followed through on.
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