Aca­demic: New flag rules re­place a valu­able les­son

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Prom­i­nent aca­demic and lin­guist Gior­gos Babin­i­o­tis has de­rided the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to change the way flag-bear­ers are se­lected at school pa­rades, say­ing it is un­der­min­ing the no­tion of healthy com­pe­ti­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the new rules set out by gov­ern­ment de­cree last week, school flag-bear­ers at pri­mary school pa­rades will be cho­sen by lot rather than by achieve­ment in the class­room. Op­po­si­tion par­ties crit­i­cized this as part of rul­ing SYRIZA’s as­sault on ex­cel­lence. Speaking to Skai TV yes­ter­day, Babin­i­o­tis said chil­dren should be versed in the con­cept of healthy com­pe­ti­tion at an early age so that they do not grow up be­liev­ing that ev­ery­thing in life is down to luck. He said the gov­ern­ment was mis­taken to equate ex­cel­lence with equal­ity. What it must do, he added, is to en­sure that there are equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

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