Thank you Dorff.
I agree with much of what you have written about getting pupils to slow down and be more deliberate in the way they see, capture and print their results. There is nothing more beautiful than a hand crafted analogue print - I totally agree with you there. While we live in exciting times with changing technology on a daily basis - I wonder about the effect on society of citizens who only see what's on the surface and don't look for the marks or signs of the maker. I really do think photography courses should start with analogue techniques before moving on to digital imaging. I have heard non specialist photography teachers say if the exam board don't expect to see it - why teach it? Maybe that's the difference between teaching photography and teaching digital imaging?