DE­NIAL OF SCHOOL PLACE IS NOT A DIS­AS­TER

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

To the mother whose daugh­ter was not given a place in JFS de­spite hav­ing at­tended a Jewish Pri­mary School ( JC, Oc­to­ber 2), I would like to say that, while it is dis­ap­point­ing for her daugh­ter, she will over­come this.

Hope­fully, she will main­tain con­tact with her friends from the pri­mary school for years to come and join in with youth­ful ac­tiv­i­ties within the Jewish com­mu­nity.

Per­haps a thought should be given to those chil­dren who were de­nied a place in a Jewish pri­mary school be­cause they, too, are heav­ily over­sub­scribed. Should those chil­dren not have an equal chance to be ac­cepted for a Jewish se­nior school?

We all have to ex­pe­ri­ence some dis­ap­point­ments in life and if this is the worst one for your daugh­ter, she will in­deed be a for­tu­nate hu­man be­ing. Pat Cravitz Huntly Road, Bournemouth

Are there no end to the tragedies that are en­dured by the Jewish peo­ple? Only last week I read your re­port of a Jewish child, un­able to get a place at JFS, who “has had to opt for a lo­cal com­pre­hen­sive”. And, what’s more, the girls at this school wear trousers and this child doesn’t want to be­cause she wants to feel Jewish!

I am sure that no com­pre­hen­sive school in the coun­try in­sists on girls wear­ing trousers as op­posed to giv­ing them a choice of what to wear. Be­sides, what is wrong with go­ing to a lo­cal com­pre­hen­sive? It is what most chil­dren of secondary school age in Bri­tain do.

They are staffed gen­er­ally by ded­i­cated ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists, who strive to en­sure that the chil­dren in them max­imise their po­ten­tial.

My own chil­dren went to their lo­cal com­pre­hen­sive, achieved well, and have friends from many dif­fer­ent back­grounds — Jews and non-Jews. David Rosen­berg Corinne Road Lon­don N19

I was on gate duty last Shab­bat at Bore­ham­wood and El­stree United Syn­a­gogue. A man walked in with his 10-year-old son, reg­is­tered for the school en­try scheme and then both left straight away.

Is this how we de­fine be­ing Jewish? An­thony Kent bore­ham­wood@hot­mail.com

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