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Thursday, December 16, 2010

An Eleven Plus Preference

Do you remember the section in Portrait of an Artist where Stephen Dedalus, half blind after his glasses had been broken, faced Father Dolan the prefect of the studies?

“Lazy idle little loafer! Broke my glasses! An old schoolboy trick! Out with your hand this moment!”

Stephen closed his eyes and held out in the air his trembling hand with the palm upwards.

The last we we want our eleven plus children to associate studying with is the fear of punishment, cruelty, pain and hate. We would much prefer eleven plus children to be full of wonder, excitement, ambition and diligence.

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