There’s an article in The Sunday Times about Scotland’s “failed lack of leadership” for state school pupils during the lockdown. This echos my own thoughts and I have wondered why there hasn’t been more criticism about this. The lack of education of state school pupils during lockdown is appalling and I really don’t think they can use technology as an excuse. If grandparents around the world can master Zoom then it should be possible for parents, teachers, and pupils. I accept that it’s not easy but they haven’t even tried. I’m not sure who is at fault here. Is it the schools, the local authority, or the Scottish government? Or all of the above?
The Dominic Cummings situation is still dominating the news. I know I’m alone in thinking we should be allowed to travel to ensure young children have appropriate care but I won’t be sad if he loses his job. Bullying is a sackable offense in my view. But we shouldn’t let our dislike for someone cloud our judgement. If we ban people from travelling to find care for their children then that affects us all, not just him, and I for one wouldn’t want to be put in that position. Many people don’t have a local social network they can ask for help from.
It has been almost 3 months since we’ve been inside a car and I rather like it. I do miss our walks in the hills and around lochs but at the same time I’m enjoying the slower pace on weekends and having the opportunity to relax, read a newspaper, bake a cake, and work in the garden. Some things are going to change permanently for the better for me even when the lockdown is fully lifted. I’m enjoying “now” more, being with my family, and also chatting and talking to my long-distance family online. I feel I appreciate the people in my life more than ever whether they be friends I happen to see when we’re out exercising or the people in supermarkets, or my blogging friends, and other online people. This reminds me of the Maori proverb:
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Is there anything that will change permanently for you when lockdown ends?