Latin at primary school – bring it on

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Education Undersecretary Elizabeth Truss has just announced that all seven-year-olds in England will learn a foreign language – possibly Latin or ancient Greek. As a harassed parent who has to coax her 13-year-old son into doing his much-hated French homework, I can only cheer. It has long struck me that we go about teaching our children... Read more »

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What’s the point of homework?

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“Have you done your homework?” It’s amazing how many hearts – parents and children – sink at this seemingly innocuous question. In this house, we’ve been through phases where those innocent words have signalled an evening from hell. Reluctant children bent over dog-eared jotters full of stuff they don’t understand and tears, mine usually, as we... Read more »

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