Holding on to innocence
In her forthcoming book, Toxic Childhood, Sue Palmer argues that modern life is harming children and making them harder to teach. This will bring the grim satisfaction to teachers of having their observations recognised and documented.
The speed of change and today's multi-tasking society have not altered the natural pace at which human beings develop, or their need for human interaction.
Schools can make a difference, but only if they make sure they are child-centred rather than target-centred.