Speaking of sun…

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The northern hemisphere is about to enjoy a full solar eclipse. ?These are, and used to be in the past, a great opportunity to get the kids outside, share the welders’ masks and brown beer bottles around to have a good look at our world’s most spectacular display of celestial mechanics.

School children around the country will be watching [today’s]?once-in-a-decade solar eclipse on TV due to safety fears.

Britain will be thrown into partial darkness around 9.30am [Friday]?morning as the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking out up to 98 per cent of its light.

But many schools are keeping children indoors when the phenomenon takes place because of fears they could damage their eyes by looking at the sun.

I despair at times. ?When teachers, people who should have an innate need to impart knowledge, act like Luddites. ?No wonder the world is going to hell in a hand basket.

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Pupils around Britain also went online to complain after some were told the blinds in their classrooms would be closed during the eclipse and others said they would be shown a recording of the event in the afternoon.

Oldway primary school in Paignton, Devon, is another one of those which has come under fire for keeping children inside, where they will watch it on computer screens.

Parent Sophie Bertorelli said: ‘It is a bit of a shame to watch it on a computer. I would have thought they would have maybe supplied some protective glasses.’

Head teacher Jane Smythe said she had 700 children to look after and she ‘could not guarantee that they would not look at the sun’.

And people question why I have a bug up my scratcher about teachers.

 

– Daily Mail

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