Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Sid Nuncius
I don't usually watch WDYTYA, but I wanted to say that tonight it's Noel
Clarke whom I taught for GCSE Science at the...er...lively
school he attended.
I am interested in you but regret I have no idea who Noel Clarke is. I
guess this is my loss as the programme doesn't foreground unknowns.
Thank you. Still don't know him but sounds like he is talented.
He is - and a very nice man. I'm delighted that he has been so
successful. One of the rewards of teaching is seeing one's students
happy and doing well years later. They don't have to make it big; I
once recognised one of the hospital administration staff when I visited
as a very difficult former student whom I'd helped in a small way. She
gave me a huge hug and told me that she was now settled with a partner
and a son and living a contented, fulfilled life. Just as good to know.
One of the great joys of teaching IME. I was blessed with some excellent
teachers and wish I'd had a chance to thank them. And I have always
thought that it's a great privilege to do a job where you can make a
difference to people's lives. I was delighted when some of my former
students found me on FB and I was able to catch up with their lives.
Noel seemed very much as I remembered him, as a very nice boy - now a
very nice man. I don't think he was putting on any sort of act for the
camera. I also remembered his mum from parents' evenings as the
admirably firm but likeable good egg she seemed in the programme. I
found seeing her and Noel again surprisingly evocative and rather moving
in a way I can't quite describe.
I had to look him up - I really liked him in Dr Who. I think WDYTYA is
an excellent programme, I admire the bravery of those who sign up for it.
Honestly, I find that the older I get, the more painfully appalling and
upsetting I find descriptions of slavery. Just the idea that one person
should regard another person as their property... Sorry. Mustn't go on.
The experience of the retelling of the Passover story every year has
quite a profound influence on one's view of slavery. The retelling
describes in some detail what the lives of our ancestors were like under
Egyptian oppression and we are urged to imagine ourselves there. For a
small child, this can make an indelible impression.
Laura (emulate St George for email)