Each week I oversee hundreds of children as they learn to swim. As the years have passed I have learned to see more than just a young swimmer. I see the quiet child, who struggles in the busy pool. The exuberant child, who bounds out with the biggest smile. The child who likes their own … More Are we witnessing the murder of young minds through education?
I feel unwell. I am not physically sick, but my body is full of imaginings. My heart is racing, my stomach is upset, and I have a blinding headache. Up to a few minutes ago I was okay. I was feeling happy, and even a little relieved. Then my big strong son, who will always … More Results!
I am living in a nightmare, surrounded by schoolbooks. Irish, English, French, Maths. Folders lying open, notes everywhere. There is a timetable up on the wall. A date on the calendar clearly marked, June 5th. Leaving Certificate begins. Just in case anyone could forget. This is it. Tomorrow at 9.30 am, Fourteen years of education … More As one journey ends another begins.
I have the delight of having two children doing state exams. One is doing his leaving certificate, the other the junior (of no real purpose) certificate. We only have a few more weeks to wait, until both are questioned and judged. Luckily they seem to have taken after their Dad. Both appear happy to slog … More You are more than a good memory!