Eton College is adding gratitude, kindness and empathy coaching to its curriculum to build its pupils’ “character”. Following a review into what values Eton should be promoting, boys at the £40,700-a-year school are being taught to take a moment each day to acknowledge how others have helped them and what they have to be grateful for.
What kept them? My own experience of Old Etonians was at university, where a certain sub-set of them (not all!) proved to be rude, obnoxious and entitled. Yes, they were in addition rich and titled. What a shame the school hadn’t introduced them to the thought of Epicurus (or anyone else, if it comes to that) long ago.