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    « Old people were young, too | Main | Some remembrances of times past »

    31 July 2007

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    alice

    Sarah
    you are so right that children benefit hugely from interaction with elderly people - we found that adopted grandparents are great if you are short of them yourself.

    I'm sure that we could all do more to engage with older people in our own street/locality - I know I'm guilty of lack of time/will on this issue. Good to be reminded about it

    Alice

    denise

    Sarah, School is the right place to start - but one could be more entrepreneurial (Tory) about it. I like the share a skill idea - that could work with business people who want to learn a craft or Lunchtime chat sessions - go and eat your sarnie with a local oldie rather than just reading the Mail in Prets...There are lots of inner city old people as well as out in the suburbs and sticks...Perhaps the Tories could start it with David having lunchtime sessions with some retired MP's/Prime Ministers etc - good PR stunt for him!

    mike n

    It might be a good idea if local authorities worked with schools to arrange conducted tours of care homes so that the young and old could interact. It would do a power of good for everyone.

    Isabel

    Spot on. Of course places like Eastbourne and other seaside resorts are full of old people but try spotting one round central London. I live near a sheltered housing unit and you'd hardly know anyone lived there. Some of the residents there would love conversation with other people but who ever visits them?
    Oh I can hardly wait to be old.

    Henri Fernandez

    A good idea this school stuff. The interactive ideas are great...having worked as a teacher I know that kids can respond well to outsiders and real- life situations away from the normal curriculum. The only issue I forsee is getting the time to allow this to happen, and who would implement it in the school. Teachers are so stretched as it is teaching what they have to teach, plan, mark, jump through hoops etc. I think the History lessons would be the most obvious and engaging route for kids, and one that could more easily be managed. Hearing stories about the war, or the Slave Trade, or life as a First Generation refugee-these could all come so much more to life if from the mouths of a real life(old) person.
    There could be problems with craft related demonstrations and Health and Safety issues...but I know we had an ancient dust- gathering lathe in our school workshop and kids always asked me "Miss Miss, what's that for?" Now, if I had just had a nice little old craftsman,(more likely he than she) there who would have showed us- for half an hour- what that lathe could do! How empowering would that be! Kinds of makes me wish I was still teaching and could find that man. He must be out there. Any one know any old wood turners in West Sussex who I could put forward?

    Henri Fernandez

    A good idea this school stuff. The interactive ideas are great...having worked as a teacher I know that kids can respond well to outsiders and real- life situations away from the normal curriculum. The only issue I forsee is getting the time to allow this to happen, and who would implement it in the school. Teachers are so stretched as it is teaching what they have to teach, plan, mark, jump through hoops etc. I think the History lessons would be the most obvious and engaging route for kids, and one that could more easily be managed. Hearing stories about the war, or the Slave Trade, or life as a First Generation refugee-these could all come so much more to life if from the mouths of a real life(old) person.
    There could be problems with craft related demonstrations and Health and Safety issues...but I know we had an ancient dust- gathering lathe in our school workshop and kids always asked me "Miss Miss, what's that for?" Now, if I had just had a nice little old craftsman,(more likely he than she) there who would have showed us- for half an hour- what that lathe could do! How empowering would that be! Kinds of makes me wish I was still teaching and could find that man. He must be out there. Any one know any old wood turners in West Sussex who I could put forward?

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