January 9th, 2008


What do people need to leave school knowing?

According to the BBC, an independent school is giving pupils etiquette lessons, so they will know which fork to use and when to remove jackets at dinner.

What life skills do you think I should ensure that my children have learnt by the time they leave school? How to balance a checkbook (surely not)? How to deal with call centre operatives? How to wrestle alligators? How to iron a shirt? Which fork to use at dinner with the queen?

Advice welcome. There is some method to my madness; I have a plan to present M&J with a list and seek their involvement in learning, eg, how to do laundry.