The more things happen, the more history repeats. While the TiksTok and the ticks tock, the value of learning history, English (or the language and literature of your parents' or carers' bedtime stories, read to you), classics, Latin (heaven forbid), art history, music really shouts out. I am thankful for the troika of stellar teachers who shaped my life (Barbara Atkins, Raewyn Roberts and John Kirby) - and for my wife, the teacher who leads the grind for our lively lads. Here's to Aristophanes, Juvenal, the Odyssey, the Aeneid. Here's to more Aotearoa-NZ History as the syllabus unfolds. Go you teachers, go!