It’s back to school for many teachers next week – including me – and most of us are already walking like shades through the crepuscular hinterland, the limbo that joins Summer Time to School Time. And here time, defying all mastery, speeds up. It surges like a rising river and carries you into the future.
And they’re waiting for you. The children: your mission, nemeses and inspiration. Some will sit cleanly and listen; some will dispute every second’s direction you give them. Because they are humans like you and humans are engines of egoism: they