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  • Thank fuck for school

    Its Monday morning. The house is quiet. Our two older kids are at school. And I think: thank fuck! I bitch and whine and whinge and moan about school. About the amount of colouring in, religious dogma, early mornings, lack of creativity and imagination… But […]

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  • Damn Compulsory Education – Part 2

    So I keep being asked how it goes. With the whole school thing. (For Part 1 see here) The short answer is… it goes. The long answer is it’s been a pretty shit week in my world. I have felt in conflict with my husband […]

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  • Damn Compulsory Education

    We are struggling at the moment. Really struggling. To send our two children to school. It is compulsory education. For them, for us. This does not feel good.  For two mornings in a row we have spent 1 1/2 hours cajoling and forcing them into uniforms. […]

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  • She’s a big girl now! – Starting school

    For Delphine, Helen, Bree, Lydia… and us! The time of starting school is here. For those of us who have chosen that path. Today it was Merrily’s turn to start playschool. So many friends’ children are starting school or playschool this week. Days of jittery […]

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  • To school or not to school… one year on!

    Chicken pox arrived in our house at the most opportune of times. Our school-going son is daily questioning his school going, and as a wanna-be home schooling mama, and wanna be writer, I find myself completely torn. I shared the agonising decision almost a year ago […]

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  • Jesus in a spaceship

    My son started at the local school this September. 95% of Irish schools are Catholic. Irish schools have a required 30 minutes daily religious instruction. However, we are not religious. How will this work we wonder… And so today, a conversation started in our house. “Who […]

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  • Keeping inside the lines: Why colouring in dominates early years education and what we can do about it…

    WHY HAS COLOURING in taken over education? As a secondary level teacher myself, I was shocked when my son started school this September. His homework – homework, on the first night of Junior Infants! – was to colour in a snake. On the back of […]

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  • Coming home to ourselves

    (1500 word article, first published in JUNO) I am an old-school Romantic. At university I fell in love twice: first with my husband and then the European Romantics and American Transcendentalists: Emerson, Thoreau, Schelling, Coleridge etc. Through their nearly 200 year old words I discovered […]

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  • To school or not to school?

    My son turned five this summer, and so the need to act on the issue of schooling is now upon us. Not that I had been avoiding the issue. Far from it.  From the moment he was born, in fact, since before I was ever […]

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