Opinion

Eleanor Bradford

Early testing will identify who needs help

October 29, 2018

The row about testing four and five year olds rumbles on. Education Secretary John Swinney has now announced an independent review into the controversial policy. The Scottish Parliament recently voted to scrap the assessments, as teachers’ unions raised concerns about the amount of time they take and parents claimed some children were left traumatised.

Professor Steve Heys

We must tell rural kids: ‘You can be a doctor’

October 23, 2018

There is a road in Applecross in the north-west Highlands called Bealach na Bà, which twists, winds and climbs to more than 2,000ft above sea level, making it the greatest ascent of any road climb in the UK. With a gradient approaching 20% in some places, its narrow, sharp bends have seen it dubbed the UK’s toughest climb.

JJ Johnston

Paying the environmental price of the internet

October 10, 2018

I was talking to one of my daughters and she used a phrase that to me was so profound: “environmentally respectful”. Flora followed that up with “‘environmentally-friendly’ is just an excuse to seem as though you are doing something to make a difference”.

Bishop Anne Dyer

Warm homes for all should be a priority

October 4, 2018

If you visit Orkney you can see the sites where ancient peoples built their homes. At the heart of these old buildings was the hearth, around which a family could gather. Here they could cook and warm themselves and the room in which they were sitting. In many places although the walls of these houses have been removed, the hearth still remains, a historic reminder that being warm is a basic need for everyone.

Michael Foxley

Trump menace unravelled on Canada trail

September 18, 2018

It all started while watching a film, starring Robert Redford: A Walk in the Woods – the Appalachian Trail. It had an effect – trails, conversation, relationships, ageing and life. “I am going to do the trail next year,” I said to my oldest son.

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