Kansas canines;Diary

1st October 1999 at 01:00
OUR friends at the Professional Association of Teachers can always be relied upon to liven up the silly season and this year was no exception. Best of their traditional collection of barmy motions at their annual conference was a proposal to recruit dogs as classroom assistants.

Sadly, as ever, the Government has failed to pick up this great idea and run with it. But wait. It seems someone was listening - albeit on the other side of the Atlantic.

News arrives from Kansas, USA - from the Dodge City Daily Globe to be precise - of a new scheme in Wichita schools - therapy dogs.

"The new kid at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School (gasp) sure is popular," the paper writes amusingly. "He may look a little funny,what with that sleek black coat and powerful, perpetually wagging tail, but he's always got the time to buddy up to other youngsters and listen to their problems." Buggs, the two-year-old labrador, takes part in "pet-facilitated therapy", which, the Globe tells us, "brings people and animals together for mutual benefit."

He's apparently trained to sense when children are upset, and will put his head on their lap or even bring the child a toy and urge them to play. Bless him, he even wears a bandana to match the school uniform.

The diary says: "Arf."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now