THERE WAS A TIME when back to school shopping meant purchasing a fair number of notebooks – one for each subject ideally, pencils, pens (a fountain pen too, but that was back then!) and, if the kids grew an inch or two over the summer, which they tend to do, new clothes and shoes. A backpack too, if last year’s was not holding up anymore.
Learning, after all, does not require much: something to read from, something to write on and with, something to transport them in, and a whole lot of good old ambition to make it happen, plus curiosity, the last two priceless.
Yet according to various publications, both in print and online, back to school means an extensive must-have list of items, some of which are anything but essentials. Take the new gadget, the mini Google home assistant. The old debate about needs and wants rears its head out of the pile of information.