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Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake

The sun was shining when I dropped my son off to school today, the first day back after the summer holidays. ‘Fate has struck again,’ I thought smugly as I have this week off from work, reckoning that the rain would stop once the kids are back at school.
As a reward to myself for getting up early, I popped into a coffee shop for a croissant and freshly brewed coffee. By the time I got home, the clouds had gathered and it’s been raining ever since.
The economic climate is similarly glum. Schools have been badly hit by the cutbacks announced by the government in a belated bid to get the country’s finances back in shape.
The advances made in the education system during The Celtic Tiger are being rowed back. The pupil/teacher ratio has been increased once more and there have been cruel cuts i n the areas of support teachers for children with special needs. As usual, the less well off are set to suffer most, as grants which allowed schools to provide free books to children from poor families have been axed.
Education is supposed to be free in Ireland. True, there are no fees for the State run schools which are generally excellent, but parents must pay hundreds of Euro for school books, uniforms, ‘voluntary contributions’ sought by most schools, and all the extras. The teaching unions have expressed fears that children from improvised backgrounds may drop out of school. Education has always been acknowledged as a way out of poverty but now obstacles have been put in the way of that escape route.

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Nora van Beek06-Sep-2009 00:19
A most delicious subject and a sobering commentary. We are also experiencing the financial pinch here in the states. I work for a community mental health center and our funds have been cut and probably will be cut some more. We are all worried about how we will continue to provide the care our patients need with so few resources. It is a daily challenge. ~V~
Barbara Heide03-Sep-2009 22:18
a wonderful treat! Yes we have the same problems here...
bill friedlander03-Sep-2009 20:17
Lovely light on your croissant. It looks delicious. We have some education system problems here too. Financing is tight and the french-english controversy doesn't help. V
jlm03-Sep-2009 18:33
Excellent subject and light
Valene03-Sep-2009 15:13
Wonderful detail and lighting. Your narrative strikes home with a lot of us. V
Norman Richard03-Sep-2009 14:39
hey, the news is the same here, except my croissant is taken at home!
Neal Nye03-Sep-2009 11:28
A lovely shot with the sun streaming in the window. At least you got to see it for a little while!
laine03-Sep-2009 10:36
I like ham & cheese melted or warm with strawberry jam & butter....we have to believe it will all get better !!
Bernard Davis03-Sep-2009 08:55
That's a lovely shot.
Things will start getting better over the next few months so just hang in there.
lou_rozensteins03-Sep-2009 07:35
We need croissants and fresh coffee when the outlook on the world is so bad at this time. A great comfort!!
Maaike Huizer03-Sep-2009 07:31
Wow, what an impressive entry. Yes, you are right, the economic crisis is hitting hard.
Nevertheless: try to enjoy this delicious croissant.
Michael Parkinson03-Sep-2009 03:43
Love the, presumably, window light on this. Very crisp.
Bill Ewart Jr03-Sep-2009 03:20
This looks good, but we're going to be forced to cut this back too, next time you order, you'll only receive the bottom crescent...
carol j. phipps03-Sep-2009 02:13
Lovely! Golen light.
globalgadabout03-Sep-2009 01:36
delicious image...and good use of it to discuss a bread and butter issue like education funding...somehow governments seem to spend all available revenues when times are good...and have nothing left when a downturn occurs...whatever happened to savings or a 'rainy day fund'?
Jeff Lobaugh03-Sep-2009 01:35
Great way to start a day!!
Fay Stout03-Sep-2009 01:34
Mairead... I will be interested in following your blog. Love to hear about what is happening in other parts of the world. These are the things we can all relate to, and nothing better than sharing over a cup of coffee and a croissant! Lovely photo!
pkocinski03-Sep-2009 01:07
I'm getting fat viewing your gallery this month - LOL :-) Gosh that looks tempting!
Jola Dziubinska03-Sep-2009 01:01
I want one for breakfast tomorrow!
Cindi Smith03-Sep-2009 00:55
Love the image and the croissant looks delicious. Yes, the economy is hitting the skids everywhere. I hate it that the schools are being effected.
Stephanie02-Sep-2009 21:49
I love croissants - especially with butter & strawberry jam or honey. :-)
Nothing in life is free - education, health care or croissants. Somebody has to pay.....
Doug Cruden02-Sep-2009 21:24
Nicely done, and a very thought-provoking narrative. We must never loose sight of how important education is for future generations
Máire Uí Mhaicín02-Sep-2009 20:50
A lovely shot of this croissant and a good hook for your photojournal entry.
Dave Perez02-Sep-2009 20:45
The classic croissant! No other bread can match it's buttery flavor and flakey texture. This beautiful shot makes my mouth water!
Linda Willets02-Sep-2009 20:42
Great lighting.. good food.
lisamidi02-Sep-2009 20:34
Hmmm, I can smell it even in Germany! Beautiful photo!
Johnny JAG02-Sep-2009 19:52
Lovely, I can almost smell it!
LynnH02-Sep-2009 19:36
Beautiful photograph and a very thought-provoking narrative. V
J. Scott Coile02-Sep-2009 19:19
A golden start to the day!
Walter O. Koenig02-Sep-2009 19:14
This looks yummy. I like my croissants well done. Very nice shot too with this lighting and perspective.
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