We taught a variety of courses over the recent Easter break in a number of locations. Some of the parents told us that their children had really enjoyed the work and were happy. The relationship between a child being happy and a child working in an Easter break seems, at first sight, to be mutually exclusive. Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) maintained:
“If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.”
I wonder if we could also maintain that a child who is very intelligent and works hard at school is happier than a child with lower aspirations. There are many parts of a child’s life that make up the total child. Doing well at school is important but must not be all consuming to all concerned.