"Do constrained children really learn better?" asks Ms Neumark. "Do constrained governors," one might equally demand, "really govern better - or even as well as they might?" In a two-class first school there are just not enough adult chairs to accommodate all the gubernatorial bottoms; the tables, moreover, are too small for our knees.
This regular discomfort is yet another example of how those of us in education silently accept conditions which no self-respecting professional would countenance for a moment. What about government funding for adequate chairs and tables to enable governors to sit and work in reasonable comfort? This is, after all, a fundamental matter.
MICHAEL J SMITH 10 Hillview, North Pickenham, Swaffham, Norfolk