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It's school holidays time and I'll be away for the next week, which means I'll miss all the fun. Be good while I'm away.

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I am disgusted to learn that schools in rural Scotland have adopted the mimsy habit of half-term holidays, It didn't happen in my day.

Oct 2, 2009 at 6:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterdearieme

BH, Thanks for your cool efforts. Have a nice break.
dearieme, the kids were likely less of a handful in your day and less tiring to teach.

Oct 3, 2009 at 10:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterClothcap

Real teachers don't need no stinkin' holidays. ;>]

Take lots of snaps and post them when you get back. Enjoy.

Oct 4, 2009 at 7:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert E. Phelan

I remember the half-term hols well. I hope you have a good one, and come back refreshed to give us the benefit of your indispensable grumpiness.

Oct 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterFrugal Dougal

Dearieme must be pre-Elizabethan, the "tattie" holidays for schools have been around for as long as farms have been able to prevail on schools to release kids as labour to lift the crop in October.
Very character forming in my day, of course kids learning that earning money in the fields is back breaking, so possibly it's better to apply oneself at school is probably not the message sent out these days.

Oct 7, 2009 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterkandastoney

Bah: tattie howkin' was not allowed in my school except for the lowest streams. Nor did it occur in the other two terms. Kick their precious little arses and set them back to their books. Christ, you'll be wanting indoor bogs next.

Oct 9, 2009 at 5:52 PM | Unregistered Commenterdearieme

Chatting to my Mum and she still calls this holiday the Potato Holiday. The timing of the holiday was down to the local farmers on when they needed the kids to pick the potatoes. Big strapping lads, like my Uncle, were in demand and could command good money.

Oct 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterKit

Bother. I wanted to read your reaction to the idea that Badman suggested at the Select Committee hearing that a suitable education must include some knowledge about the effect of carbon emissions!

Hope you had a nice break.

Oct 13, 2009 at 5:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterCarlotta

He said what????!!

Oct 13, 2009 at 12:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterBishop Hill

"He said what????!!"

It's reflex now.

Remember when every trivial business product was an "executive" gizmo? Tacking on global warming/climate change/carbon emissions to an proposal, however unrelated, seems relevant and up-to-date.

Not to mention, keep feeding propaganda to the kiddies. These days they are the only group who might believe it.

Oct 13, 2009 at 4:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff Wood

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