Tuesday March 31, 2020

Appetite for distraction

As a nation of little ones head to school for the very first time, it’s easy to remember what our favourite teachers meant to us - even though we were probably absolute hellions to them at the time

2nd September, 2018
In the years to come, children starting school this week will remember the teachers who were kind and encouraging

Another September, another cohort of tiny humans embarking on the first of many years of their schoolgoing careers. The stiff little collars, the shiny new shoes, the preposterously big backpacks nearly as wide and tall as the children themselves – I have a lump in my throat just thinking about them and I don’t even have any kids. They have so much ahead of them: joined-up writing, long division, inexplicable tours to recycling plants and...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Most policies don’t include pandemics, so the government may be forced to step into the breach to share the burden, experts say

Peter O'Dwyer | 1 week ago

The Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of public health medicine, but the service is badly in need of reform

Priscilla Lynch | 1 week ago

The pandemic is a humanitarian tragedy, but it will also leave a lasting mark on the global economy with, currently, Europe being hardest-hit

Eugene Kiernan | 1 week ago