By Libby Purves
This vigorous choice brings jointly journalist and broadcaster Libby Purves’ studies as journalist, mum or dad, governor and previous scholar of part a dozen various colleges from Bangkok to Tunbridge Wells, showing her eclectic and provocative reviews and concepts on instructing and studying. This choice of the easiest of her writing within the occasions academic complement covers - occasionally thoughtfully, occasionally sarcastically - every little thing from nationwide coverage to the oddities of headteachers and the restrictions of IT. schooling execs through the years have acquired her outsider view with enthusiasm, laughter, idea and coffee fury. From ministerial insanity to the pitfalls of uniform and the vagaries of young ones, this ebook is devoted to the enjoyment of a cadre of pros Libby as soon as deliberate to hitch, till she misplaced her nerve. it's devoted, with thank you and admiration, to all lecturers.
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Or – if your school has sufficient superannuated punks, bouncers, bareback riders and limestone fanatics – it shouldn’t take long to devise a riveting school version of Trivial Pursuit. ’ Everyone would buy a set. You’d coin it. Apple for the teacher, bananas for the head 31 JUNE 27 2003 Unforgettable I met Don Black the other day – East End boy turned global lyricist, the man who, more than 35 years, wrote the words of those songs you croon to yourself in the bath – ‘Born Free’, ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘Love Changes Everything’.
To the Best Head Ever. Sniff. Tears in the eyes. Some friendships last forever: Tony Blair and Eric Anderson, or indeed my friend Emily and the history teacher of 1965 who was the first adult to give her intellectual confidence, and who she still visits monthly in his nursing home – ‘Not for his sake, either. For mine’. Mostly, though, I think that for my generation it has been rare to forge a post-school, equal-terms friendship with a former teacher. In the 1960s the glass walls still stretched from floor to ceiling, the generation gap seemed unbridgeable even between 18 and 25, the decorum of school life hung between us as a great mournful gulf.
She starts to crumble’. There are plenty of weepies: near-misses, chaps who seem all vulnerable then marry someone else, French teachers no one can ever forget, romances which begin, when someone uses someone else’s special mug in the staffroom, and of course the perennial fascination of PE teachers, male and female. I suppose they are literally the fittest in the school. A few were memories of schooldays: the worshipped Miss White of Birmingham remembered by the boy who polished her shoes daily with his best hanky – he threw it in the canal in bitterness when she married Mr Brown.
A Little Learning: Broodings from the back of the class by Libby Purves