Kate Townshend

The Tooth Fairy paradox of primary teaching

It’s a big dilemma: maintain the myths of the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and others, or deliver the cold, hard facts? Well, there is one way to keep the magic alive…

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You don’t usually expect controversy from the annual Christmas John Lewis advert – more a cosy, festive feeling and a quick weep into your coffee – but in 2016, the internet erupted into mild outrage. Because as well as teaching children that woodland animals are as fond of a good bounce on a trampoline as the rest of us, the advert has also, say the critics, taught them that mum and dad bring your presents rather than Father Christmas. (The advert began with a befuddled dad constructing and wrapping his little girl’s main Christmas gift.)

The dismay this caused makes it clear the lengths to ...

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