The other side of the coin

Stephen McClay

I was alarmed to see such a large feature in your latest magazine devoted to how to incorporate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee into lessons. Sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 prohibit "the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school" and confer on schools a duty to "secure that where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing views". In RE lessons, we don't "celebrate" Judaism more than Hinduism, so why should we spend more time on the Jubilee than on republicanism? I did not see any suggestions in your magazine for republican activities.

It is our duty to teach children that another argument exists, and then they can make up their own minds.

Stephen McClay, King's House School, Richmond, Surrey.

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