Three wee kingsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7071.1559 (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1559
- Colin Douglas
Our local primary school is within easy walking distance, and for years my day started with a stroll up the street and across the playground, hand in hand with one or other of our sons. They were eager, happy to get there and go in. It was their world—colourful, intricate, and separate—and after only a few weeks they entered it confidently. And as their confidence grew each one in turn felt free to dismiss his parental escort further and further from the classroom door.
That was fine by me. Primary schools are uneasy places for grown ups. Clumsy intruders on an unfamiliar, self sufficient community, they are far too big for …