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Stars will not help children shine

"Starred grades for infants" (TES, March 1) sends a chill down the spine. Winners require losers and no child of seven deserves to be considered a loser.

Nikos Kazantzakis, in Zorba the Greek, wrote that the greatest weight on his conscience was trying to hasten the hatching of a butterfly from a cocoon. It emerged with crumpled wings and couldn't fly. What are we doing to children?

Liz Byrne

Letchworth Lane

Letchworth, Hertfordshire

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