Twitter Facebook RSS Feed
No Sacred Cows  
Toby Young
Thursday 17th May 2012

Parenting classes are not the answer

When the government announced it’s new £5 million parenting project last week I thought I should offer to help. I have four children, after all, so know a thing or two about the subject. I sent a message via Twitter to the owner of the Parent Gym, one of the organisations involved in the scheme.

“I’d be happy to donate all my Spectator columns on parenting,” I said. “You could reproduce them as an example of what not to do.”

It was a joke, obviously. Middle-class dads trade anecdotes in the park on Saturday mornings about what crap parents they are, but the fact that they’re in the park with their children – usually playing football or cricket – demonstrates that they’re actually doing a pretty good job. (To read more, click here.)

COMMENT | COMMENTS SO FAR: 11 [ FIXED LINK ] Bookmark and Share

Comments page 1 of 1 - 11 post(s)

Re: Parenting classes are the answer
Posted by Mike Croft on 17-05-2012 17:34:

let’s call them the parents of the feral underclass,

You really are a Tory lite wanker aren't you?

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by Mike Croft on 17-05-2012 17:36:

...or just a poor stylist with an eye for attention? Or just a wanker. Period.

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by Toby Young on 17-05-2012 18:19:

Probably a bit of all three Mike.

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by anadrol test cycle on 19-01-2013 13:39:

For my Creative Writing class we have to write a short story, I really want to write some thing along the lines of Columbine, but I'm worried about the reaction of my teacher. As far as I know, he has no personal history with the idea, but ... I don't know. What would you want to see out of a short story for a creative writing class?.

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by Bologna escorts on 02-02-2013 01:03:

What is the best software to design websites and blogs?

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by elitnoe soprovozhdenie Moskva on 28-02-2013 11:23:

Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes which will make the biggest changes. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by buy anabolics on 22-03-2013 00:02:

I am usually to blogging and i actually respect your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and maintain checking for new information.

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by excorte girl on 29-03-2013 03:40:

Hello to all I cannot comprehend the way to add your site in my rss reader. Aid me, please

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by escorte Aix-en-Provence on 13-04-2013 16:49:

I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it?ll improve the value of my web site

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by escortes France on 18-04-2013 02:19:

Thanks a lot for giving everyone remarkably superb chance to read in detail from this blog. It really is so fantastic and also packed with a lot of fun for me personally and my office peers to search your site the equivalent of thrice in a week to learn the new things you have. Of course, I?m usually impressed with the dazzling solutions you give. Some 3 points on this page are surely the simplest I have ever had.

Re: Parenting classes are not the answer
Posted by Deca durabolin 50 mg on 21-04-2013 12:07:

You have brought up a very superb details , regards for the post. ;) ;)

Your name:



Twitter RT @DJack_Journo: Quam admirabile ... @thetimes is launching a weekly Latin crossword on Saturdays link link  (1 hour ago)


Why I'm a Conservative Teacher by Jonathan Porter -
Corbyn's Inconvenient Truth – He wanted the IRA to win -
Corbyn's first seven days -
Corbin's cabinet chaos by Darren McCaffrey -
Why I've become Tory scum by Tony Parsons -
Fact Check: Britain has admitted over 5,000 Syrian refugees, not 216 -
Inside Westminster's free school -
The BBC denied The Great European Disaster Movie was EU-funded. That was untrue -
Jeremy Corbyn's politics are a fantasy – just like Alice in Wonderland by Tony Blair -
Robert Conquest obit -
Reporting on fit for work deaths isn't fit for purpose -
Jeremy Corbyn is not an anti-Semite – it's so much worse than that -
The Timothy Hunt witch hunt by Jonathan Foreman -
West London Free School Primary praised in guide to best state schools -
In defence of free schools by Toby Young -
Data briefing: free schools by the numbers -
Malcolm Gladwell's books are books are analgesics for those who seek temporary relief from abiding anxiety by John Gray -
The hypocrisy of Mehdi Hasan by Guido Fawkes -
Intolerance of humanists who attack faith schools by Brendan O'Neill -
The 13 Most Guardian Headlines Ever -
MC Gove in da house by Michael Deacon -
The criminalisation of journalism by Mick Hume -
Why educationalists hate Michael Gove by Frank Furedi -
Profile of Nigel Farage by Edward Docx -
Margaret Thatcher: The softer side by Andrew Roberts -
Margaret Thatcher: Warrior by Matthew Parris -
Margaret Thatcher: Punk savior by Niall Ferguson -
Muslims infected by virus of anti-Semitism by Mehdi Hasan -
Mila Kunis interviewed by hapless Radio 1 DJ -
Postmodern Tories by Roger Scruton -
The Wired magazine article that inspired Argo by Joshuah Bearman -
Panic! The anatomy of a political crisis by Dan Hodges -
The British intelligentsia's libel against Israel by Melanie Phillips -
Review of Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Zöe Heller -
The Guardian has become the Vichy Evening News by Dan Hodges -
Spectator would defy new state regulator by Fraser Nelson - The Spectator
Daily Mail investigation into the Leveson Inquiry - Daily Mail
The hight-minded, Left-wing paedo hunters by Frank Furedi -
Britain's press must remain free by Tim Luckhurst -
Obit of a legendary Labour whip by Nick Robinson -
Referring to students as "learners" is infantilizing by Denis Hayes
Toby Young for Prime Minister by Jake Wallis Simons -
The election that never was by Damian McBride -
JK Rowling's new novel is boring, Left-wing agitprop by Jan Moir - Daily Mail
Naomi Wolf: Dotty and Dim by Zöe Heller -
Gove Levels - Daily Mail
The End of Men? by Hanna Rosin -
Five conservative messages smuggled into Dark Knight Rises by John Boot -
Multiculturalism? Nonsense. The Olympics are a victory for patriotism and common British values by Dan Hannan - Daily Mail
Martin Durkin's dyspeptic view of the Olympics opening ceremony -
Batman: The ultimate conservative hero by Robert Colville -
The day Gordon Brown came to power by Damian McBride -
Owen Jones *is* Justin Beiber by Dan Hodges -
Why Britain shouldn't be part of a European super-state by Charles Moore -
The shame of Britain's public school elite by Matthew Norman -
In defence of Murdoch by John O'Sullivan -
In politics, you're either up or down by John Kampfner - The Independent
James Lovelock recants - Daily Mail
Let's give Polly Toynbee the Britain she wants by Tim Worstall -
Why Labour should support free schools by Andrew Adonis -
Free schools are breaking down barrier to decent education for all by Charles Moore -
The anti-academies campaign is led by Trots, says Michael Gove -
Profit need not be a dirty word in education by Fraser Nelson -
The Magnificent Victory at Cardinal Vaughan by Charles Moore -
Academies policy has been rapidly vindicated by Fraser Nelson - The Spectator
Mossbourne Academy's outstanding A-level results - Guardian
I blame therapy culture for the riots by Dennis Hayes -
Why I'm a Conservative by Toby Young -
The Government must crack the teaching unions by His Grace -
"Ideological" is Labour's empty insult by Dominic Lawson - The Independent
Peter Sissons dissects the BBC's leftwing bias - Daily Mail
Interview with Toby Young in Attain magazine -
Topic of Cancer by Christopher Hitchens - Vanity Fair


Andrew Lilico
Andrew Neil
Andrew Sullivan
Arts and Letters Daily
Bagehot's Notebook
BBC News
BBC Sport
Benedict Brogan
Brendan O'Neill
Bruce Anderson
Coffee House
Conservative Home
Damian McBride
Damian Thompson
Dan Hodges
Daniel Hannon
Ed West
Frank Furedi
Guido Fawkes
Harry Phibbs
Iain Dale
Iain Martin
James Delingpole
James Wolcott
Joe Murphy
John Rentoul
Labour List
Mark Steyn
Matt Drudge
Mehdi Hasan
Melanie Phillips
Michael Wolff
Nick Cohen
Nick Robinson
Nikki Finke
Paul Waugh
Peter Hitchens
Political Betting
Right Minds
Rob Long
Rod Liddle
Sophy Ridge
Stephen Pollard
The Arts Desk
The Corner
The Daily Beast
The First Post
The Omnivore
The Onion
Tim Shipman
Tim Stanley
Tom Shone


AA Gill
Aidan Hartley
Allison Pearson
Allister Heath
AO Scott
Boris Johnson
Charles Moore
Cosmo Landesman
Daniel Finkelstein
David Brooks
Fraser Nelson
George Monbiot
Giles Coren
Henry Winter
James Delingpole
Jan Moir
Janan Ganesh
Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Warner
Jim White
Jonathan Freedland
Lloyd Evans
Manohla Dargis
Martin Samuel
Mary Ann Sieghart
Matthew d'Ancona
Matthew Norman
Maureen Dowd
Michiko Kakutani
Owen Jones
Patrick O'Flynn
Paul Krugman
Peter Bradshaw
Peter Oborne
Philip Collins
Polly Toynbee
Quentin Letts
Rachel Johnson
Rod Liddle
Roy Greenslade
Tim Montgomerie
Trevor Kavanagh
UK Book Cover

  • Buy the book on

  • Buy the book on

  • UK Book Cover

  • Buy the book on

  • Buy the book on

  • Audio Book Cover

  • Buy the audio book from
    Whole Story Audio
  • DVD Cover

  • Buy the DVD from

  • Buy the DVD from

  • IMdb Page on the film