Ask me why I’m voting Yes.
For all our friends in crisis.
For all the nurses, midwives and doctors I know who have to carry a copy of the Constitution when caring for my pregnant friends.
For the shade in legislation, not the black and white of the Constitution.
For all the parents who have to make decisions they’d rather not make.
For all the women I know who travelled to another country for their medical care, and never said a word.
For any woman who has ever felt trapped in her own body.
For all the taxi bus and train drivers, ferry workers and pilots who brought our sisters abroad for care they should get at home.
For shame to go away.
For Ireland to face its self.
For the bereaved.
For the anonymous.
For the truth.
For the raped.
For the women who can’t share their stories, who can’t voice their pain.
For anyone who can change their mind when faced with the reality of the 8th.
For my wife and daughters.
For listening to women.
Interesting and varied list of things to read this week:
I loved this Dublin Inquirer article on Hugh Lane’s post-Lusitania legacy.
Austerity still rules in Education says John Hurley, it’s hard not to agree.
The Gestapo wasn’t as powerful, or as organised as you might have thought, according to Frank MacDonough.
Andy Tharby write here on the power of comparison, enlightening as always.
This article by Sylvia Davis touched a nerve with me.
Finally, this is so good: I am a feminist. I am a teacher. I am Mrs C Spalding.
Find all the tweeted links to the articles here.
The archive of blogposts is here.
First, one of Anthony Wilson’s Lifesaving Poems, from Catherine Smith: How It All Started.
This is the digital StoryMap of an Irish archaeological journey along the Carlow bypass, a brilliant resource for history teachers.
One of the greatest hurlers of all time Jimmy Doyle dies last week, Vincent Hogan wrote beautifully about him here.
Another great use of mappingand a great resource again: 1916 Rising Pension Claimants mapped onto the 1912 OSI map.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar’s poem “Rooms Remembered” is the best I’ve read on grief in a long time.
Barnardos has proposed we provide free primary education for all, why stop there?
And finally, Tom Bennett has a new job, but holds no illusions about how difficult but rewarding teaching can be.
Here are all my reads of the week.
This is the archive.
Six things I read this week that you should have a look at.
First Sapuran Gill says ‘there’s no silver bullet to succeeding in the classroom; however, you can do the basics well, and year-by-year you’ll see the small steps that you take gather pace’ here.
Next teacher David Mooney on the Marriage Referendum: ‘I’m 30 and for as long as I can remember there have been people telling me that I cannot be fully me; people who have put limitations on me being me. So once more; I’m asking you to please just let me be. Let me love. Let me commit. Let me feel supported. Let me be equal. Let me be a husband. Let me be a Dad.’ here.
Andy Warner argues for traditional teaching methods: ‘over the last few years there has been far too much emphasis on having busy, noisy classrooms where students are doing lots. This has its place, but it mustn’t be at the expense of quiet reflection time’ here.
Mary Ann Reilly writes here on love loss and remembering, this will touch a chord with anyone who ever grieved.
By coincidence, I recommend you read Mark Wisniewski on channeling grief into art here.
And finally for a mixture of fun and the truth about love’s uncertainty here’s Laura Olin.
Find all my Reads of the week on Twitter here
And the archive on previous posts is here