Post by Penny
Since they've started talking about the reopening of schools, I've heard it
said that young children rarely suffer much from Covid-19 (though I think
we have heard of more than one dying from it). This is given as a factor in
the suggestion that the return to school should first be for Years 1 and 6.
Teachers are not happy about this - who can blame them? - given the virtual
impossibility of keeping a bunch of 6 year-olds physically distant from
each other, whether inside or out.
What I haven't heard mentioned by anyone is the problems which may be
associated with getting the children to and from school (there may be other
children in the family who are not yet allowed back to school) and the
possibility of the children who are attending school bringing the virus
home with them and infecting their parents. Who would look after them then?
Is this another example of government not thinking things through or not
asking the right people? Or have I missed something? Quite possible as my
absorbtion of 'news' has reduced in recent weeks.
What tickles me is the hand-wringing in some quarters about the damage
done to the education of primary school pupils in losing two or three
months of school to a deadly epidemic. If it's that bad, what damage
might be caused by stealing a whole year from them to rectify an
That's what happened to me, and to everybody else of around my age who
had an August birthday and lived in Cheshire at the time; the time being
the cold and snowy January of 1963 when I and the others were shifted up
a year so that Cheshire County Council could start its school year on 1
September like everybody else. Suddenly I went from being oldest in my
class, socially confident and academically thriving, to being out of
place and struggling. I don't think I fully recovered until about six
years later when I was taking the bulk of my O-levels. I have tried in
vain to find information on how others fared; there seems to be no
public record of the event. It wasn't a promotion on academic grounds;
there were several others in my cohort who were similarly shifted but I
was the only one shifted to the 11-plus-bound class.
I wonder if there might be somebody in academia or the media who could
help me pick up on investigating this long-buried scandal.