Citizenship dashed by MP scandal

15th May 2009 at 01:00

Citizenship teachers in England are struggling to teach pupils the value of democracy and good governance following the MPs' expenses scandal, TES Cymru has learnt.

In a letter to the paper, Philippa Wadsworth, a citizenship teacher in Cornwall, wrote: "I am in total despair ... We are expected to engender a sense of morality and honesty in our students ... It is so difficult when those in charge of our country set such an appalling example."

Meanwhile, contributors to our online staffroom have been having their say. One teacher said: "Every time I took a blue Biro from the school stock cupboards, I wondered if I should take a boxful. My conscience only allowed me to take what I really needed. Anything else would have been stealing.

"We've allowed our MPs the keys to the stock cupboard."

Letters, pages 34-35.

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