Category Archives: Education

Technology in Schools?

Snippets 203.  How much technology should be used in schools?  Is it ok for children to be using ipads, or accessing the internet, while at school?  That’s a modern debate, but the worries behind it might not be so modern … Continue reading

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A Childhood Injustice

Snippets 171.  Childhood can be a tough time, but it is made exponentially worse by a teacher who abuses his position.  In the days of corporal punishment, this problem could be magnified hugely for children.  In the following quote from … Continue reading

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The Shame of Being a Poet

Snippets 143.  Last week we looked at a quote from the opening to the memoirs of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.   There is … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Life

Snippets 109.  Colley Cibber (1671-1757) is a name that will be unfamiliar to many today, but in his day he was very well known as a playwright. Unfortunately, despite being Poet Laureate, his reputation was for being a particularly bad … Continue reading

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Pride and Ignorance (Snippets 52)

Americanisms and Briticisms by James Brander Matthews is an entertaining study of the differences in spoken and written language between the two nations.  It is a useful snapshot, not just of the words themselves, but of concerns at the time … Continue reading

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Journals 5.4 – A Frenchman in America by Max O’Rell (Part 4)

The following is a continuation of my essay on A Frenchman in America.  For the previous parts, please see the earlier entries from 17th, 21st and 25th July 2015. Visiting the New York Stock Exchange, O’Rell was amazed by the … Continue reading

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