Today, let’s talk about going back-to-school. It is September and the school holidays have now finished. It is time to start a new term. This could be at school, university or college, at language school, or even in the office. Students are now returning to lessons, following their summer break.
For schoolchildren, the new term may result in meeting new friends, as well as seeing old ones. It means a new school timetable. It will probably mean new subjects to learn, with exams to study for at the end of the school year.
A new term also brings new teachers, as well as some of the ones you already know and sometimes love. The new term can also include the dreaded word that no one likes – homework!
Today a Scottish council saw common sense and reversed a decision it made 24 hours earlier banning a schoolgirl from posting her pictures of her school dinners on her blog Neverseconds. Martha Payne, nine, was celebrating with her father after being inundated with support for her cause. Argyll and Bute council performed the astonishing U-turn, just hours after issuing a rambling, and defiant statement, defending its decision while attacking the nine-year-old for her critical blog.
Insisting there was no room for censorship, Roddy McCuish, the SNP leader, today announced the ban had been overturned amid mounting public criticism, including on Twitter, the micro-blogging site. He told BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme: “There’s no place for censorship in Argyll and Bude Council and there never has been and there never will be.”
He added, “I’ve just instructed officials to immediately withdraw the ban on pictures from the school dining hall. It’s a good thing to do, to change your mind, and I’ve certainly done that.” Mr McCuish said there was “absolutely no place” for newspaper reporting attacking school dinner ladies, but agreed “100%” this criticism was not directed at Martha.
Category: Food / Blogs / School Dinners