Today, the snow is so heavy that our children’s school shut early. As I type, North Yorkshire looks quite spectacular.
Back when I was a boy, a snow day was the best day of the entire year: no school PLUS snow. I was indescribably happy.
Yet today, very few children are playing outside. Sure, some have braved these sumptuous conditions: some snowballs have been thrown; some snowmen have been constructed; but not so many.
Inside, most children are glued to devices, often playing games with their mates – their mates who are all online, sitting in different houses. I noticed a similar phenomenom back in April 2023, on what was a lovely day – a day when the teachers were on strike, schools closed, yet I couldn’t see any children playing outside.
Below, is AI’s interpretation of the typical childhood scene, every 25 years, from 1900 to 1950.
In which image are the children happiest?
2024 – today
Related to childhood, at my school we now provide a mentoring service to high school students. We have an awesome teacher – Oscar – who is so much more than a teacher, leading the mentoring program. The idea is that the sessions are quasi-confidential and led by the student. We believe that form teachers do not have the time to offer one-two-one mentoring to their pupils – and this is exactly what many students need.
Did you know that Rory Stewart – the best Prime Minister we never had – was Prince William’s mentor? The Ancient Greeks, too, assigned mentors to their students. We are offering something similar. Get in touch.