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Malachi O'Doherty

Home-schooling isn't ideal, but it is far better than the classroom... as for Zoom it just erodes your brain

Malachi O'Doherty


Putting 30 children in a room together won't help them develop the skills they require, says Malachi O'Doherty

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The classroom was not invented as the best platform for imparting knowledge and skills to children. It arose out of the need to bring children together under discipline, safely - as much to free up their parents for work as for anything else. (Danny Lawson/PA)

The classroom was not invented as the best platform for imparting knowledge and skills to children. It arose out of the need to bring children together under discipline, safely - as much to free up their parents for work as for anything else. (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The classroom was not invented as the best platform for imparting knowledge and skills to children. It arose out of the need to bring children together under discipline, safely - as much to free up their parents for work as for anything else. (Danny Lawson/PA)

The classroom was not invented as the best platform for imparting knowledge and skills to children. It arose out of the need to bring children together under discipline, safely - as much to free up their parents for work as for anything else.

Then, educational practice evolved as a response to the creation of the classroom. And it has got a lot better since I was at school.

I sat in a class of 36 children in front of a teacher at a blackboard, often distracted, occasionally dozing, sometimes having to put up with a skitter behind me firing rolled-up bus tickets at me from a "catty", a catapult improvised from a string of coloured elastic bands, and sometimes bumping my knees together because I needed a toilet and was afraid to put my hand up and say so.