No matter what we might like, home and school are held apart by lots of things. For example, by the fact that school is, in most cases, not just across the road. Or by the fact that school takes place at the same time as work. Or by the tone of the notes that a child brings home. Or by the fact that mother hasn't got a dress without mends. Or by the stand-offish-ness of a particular principal. Or by the 'foreign-ness' of a teacher of a different race. Or by the fact that the parent did not like school. Or by the professional authority of the teacher.