Smart children would be a credit
DEAR old Ted Prangnell (Kentish Express, September 25), really does come up with some ridiculous ideas, doesn’t he? School uniform produces a sense of identity. Call it team spirit if you will. It does away with school uniform, becoming a fashion statement with children trying to outdo each other with expensive designer clothing. It should create pride in your school. It might even engender a house system within the school by virtue of different colour flashes on lapels or collars. But then I guess Ted is one of those Luddites who loathes the whole concept of competition, preferring everyone to become characterless clones of one another. What is particularly saddening is to read Ted’s open criticism of the Towers’ head teacher for sending children back home who weren’t conforming to the approved norms. Headmasters must be allpowerful and whatever they say, within reason, must be obeyed by the pupils at that school. Maybe when they arrive in the sixth form, there might be a slight relaxation in school dress with, maybe, more emphasis on suits with a school tie. Perhaps, at the same time, children could also be encouraged to have their hair cut in an orderly fashion. Smartly turned-out school children would then be a credit to their school, and, better still, to their hardworking parents. Stick to cycle paths, Ted, education appears to be outside your league. Colin Davis, Front Road, Woodchurch.