My great excuse in all this is that my logic is perhaps more accurate than they are willing to accept. Given that technology changes so rapidly I consider it foolish to learn the ins and outs of one contraption only to find that the next model is around the corner effectively and immediately rendering defunct, the prequel.
At present two children from every state secondary school in England from spring until March 2019 will be given the opportunity to visit First World War battlefields. But it is our hope too that children of primary school age will be able, in their own way and suited to their needs, share in that witness as well.
For Julia Donaldson, the Children's Laureate, whose term of office ends this week, has hit out at the pitifully low level of review space granted by the media to children's books. And her powerful passing shot is a launch of a campaign to secure much needed prominence for children's literature in the UK media.
I don't for one minute underestimate how lucky we are to have two fantastic daughters who have worked hard to secure places at university and who are well and happy. I write this simply to help all mothers, and fathers, who found, like me, the thought that the change in circumstances would be so overwhelmingly unbearable it would be difficult to look forward.
It was quite overwhelming to find the roots of our story were as the result of one incredible lady's inspiration and determination - and what a coincidence that Alfie Tate, one of the characters in the book had drawn a bird on his copper leaf, in memory of his teacher, because they had both "jumped for joy when they saw the first swallows of summer."
The jury may still be out on the future of ebooks v tree books and the world of publishing is facing its biggest challenges ever but the government has now waded in on whether to transfer the administration of the annual lifeline for many writers, the PLR cheque, to another body - and, as I write, we are awaiting the verdict.
Artist Jeremy Deller may have revealed more about Stonehenge than he realised when he described his inflatable replica "Sacrilege" as a representation of "Britain's history, culture and sense of humour." He said his unique take on a bouncy castle was "a way for everyone to learn about these places in a quite a silly way."
While some of the latest suggestions from the Department of Education which seem to be rolling out at the same rate as spam emails are interesting, not to mention surprising, what seems to be overlooked is an appreciation of the impact that the e-age is having on the way we learn, the way we communicate, the way we function and the way we live.
Like the phoenix rising out of the ashes, time and time again Beckham has proved he has the capacity to bounce back from difficulties, criticism and scandal without bitterness but with genuine good grace. It is little surprise that, by the tattooed angel on his right shoulder, the text should read "in the face of adversity."
So why do we need printed books? The printed book doesn't run out of power or rely on a mislaid charger... I don't need to hide a printed book under the towel on the beach nor, for that matter, does it mind too much if I get sand in the cover... and when I do climb up to the first base of Everest I don't need to worry about a signal.