"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, July 03, 2013

School days

News that schools in England are going to be allowed to set their own holiday dates was aired on television this morning, prompting Keith to muse that, if all schools just closed permanently, it would immediately solve a lot of problems.
When I queried this, he expanded on his argument.
All boys would be provided with a Meccano set, an aeroplane modelling kit and a bike, delivered in parts for assembly by them.
Well, that might keep the boys busy, especially if their interests lay in those areas, but what about the girls?
Girls? Oh well, they could be given dolls.

Yes, he is still cowering behind the sofa, hands over his head...

15 comments:

  1. Ha! Ha! Keith knows how to press your buttons Jenny! Regarding "free enterprise" in the setting of school holidays, Gove and his disciples have clearly not thought the matter through. But hey, what's new?

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    1. Why should they change the habit of a lifetime, YP!

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  2. Chaotic thinking.

    Still when Gove causes the whole education system to collapse due to one or other of his crazy schemes, we'll be saying "I told you so" - but with little satisfaction!

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    1. Very true, Gaynor. I'm so glad I'm out of it. ;)

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  3. If if goes ahead no doubt there'll be chaos! Flighty xx

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    1. It will make life very difficult for parents, Flighty.

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  4. ...I should think so too! Remind him it was women who kept the factories going in the UK during the last world war, doing war work. My mother operated a lathe.

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    1. Yep, I think he realises his mistake, ZACL. ;)

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  5. I am just glad I am out of it all now.

    Hope you are giving Keith a very hard time :)

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    1. Impossible to be annoyed with him for too long, WendyCarole! ;)

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  6. I'm not convinced that schools (12-13 years of it) are the best way for our children to have a happy childhood or be prepared (in as much as that is possible) for the future. I like Keith's idea but I'm thinking just send everything to all the children or send the stuff out randomly. I'm sure most little boys would be disappointed when they got a doll but that would teach a somewhat valuable lesson for the future - trade.

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    1. Actually, David, Keith is dyslexic and so hated school with a passion and most of his learning has been done by 'doing' all his life.

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  7. On the principal that kids hate to get up in the morning, and hate to go to bed at night, wouldn't Gove have been wiser to start night-time schools; maybe open from 6pm to midnight.

    I expect he meant 'Male Dolls', and a pack of pins.

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    1. Night school would certainly suit the kids, Cro, but probably not the poor teachers! :)

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    2. Who said anything about teachers; just lock them in a dark room!

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