Crucial length

6th October 1995 at 01:00
With reference to Francis Beckett's article on the length of the school day (News Focus, TES, September 15) when will you stop referring to "the Continental day" and misleading readers into believing that this is the general pattern in the rest of Europe? It would be much better to inform people about a difference in the school day that is more general, the fact that it is longer in the rest of Europe.

We are constantly, and rightly contrasting with our own narrow curriculum the breadth of, for example, the French curriculum, especially post-15. But a fact that is rarely noted is that, whereas our A-level students typically have 18 hours of class, their French contemporaries will have 30 and if they are doing science or technology, maybe 36.

Second, why the continued implication that there is something wrong with teachers who, if willing to work for longer, are not willing to do so without a commensurate increase in pay? Since when did journalists queue up to have their pay rates cut?


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