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n Let's not pretend that our children can simply be pushed off down the Super Highway of the future with nothing but a computer mouse for company. If anything is likely to help them survive the 21st century, it is a human guide.

n Don't expect an ideal education to be served up to your children on a plate: you may need to fight for one.

n Study the system and learn your rights. Read the parents' charter; or consult an advisory body such as the Advisory Centre for Education (tel: 071-354 8321, 2-5pm, Mon-Fri).

n Get involved. Schools work best when parents are supportive; children tend to learn best when school life and home life overlap.

n Remember: learning is a life-long process. In the fast-changing 21st century, only fools will ever consider their education complete.