Primary Education News

3 Sep '14

News In praise of pencil cases

A pencil case holds the promise of a better-organised life. To hold it is to have faith that starting this term, everything will be differentOne of the small, reliable pleasures of returning to school is a pencil case. A wooden, brassbound model with sliding trays and a lid would be perfect, but even the tattiest plastic model with a film tie-in princess for decoration holds some of the magic inherent in the form. A pencil case holds the promise of a new and better-organised life. To hold it is to have faith that starting this term, everything will be different. Our minds will be sharp as a fresh pencil, our thoughts as straight as rulers, and our resolutions firm as the strokes of an unblemished rubber when it erases even the faintest memory of a wrongly drawn line. The natural state of all writing instruments is quiet insurrection. They are constantly rolling and sidling towards freedom and concealment. But a pencil case holds its treasures securely and in order, even the free-rolling Biro. If only we could organise our own thoughts or even our children quite as simply. Continue reading...

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