Smart chil­dren would be a credit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

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.

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