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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holiday Courses

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.


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