I take your point that how he flies/accommodates himself is none of my business but it does stick in my craw a bit when we're constantly told that there's no money for this, no money for that, when it's fairly basic supplies we're asking for. You've actually used the word 'cheat' here. And I doubt that my 8yr olds would understand Yes of course I realise that some things are not culturally innappropriate but it does seem a bit like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted when half the girls have Cinderella-themed backpacks/pencil cases (the shops are full of Disneyfied fairy tale stuff) and the boys make jokes about pigs in class. And like I said, I can't even acknowledge that Christmas and Halloween exist when the shops are full of the paraphernalia. We are supposed to be teaching a programme that promotes internationalism and tolerance. How can we do this if we're not allowed to talk about the fact that other countries have different values/cultural norms? There's a big difference between promote and talk about, something that the policy-writers seem to have missed. I am also supposed to be teaching these kids English, which is littered with sayings that relate to the old pre-Christan gods. Pandora's box, Achilles' heel, narcissistic, oedipal (ok, that one's not suitable for 8yr olds but this school also has a secondary section to which the edict also applies), Olympic just to name a few.