In defence of the morning assembly;Letter

29th May 1998 at 01:00
I UNDERSTAND that this week's conference of the National Association of Head Teachers will have before it a resolution from its council that will call for a reduction in the number of school assemblies each week and for their alteration from the requirements of collective worship to one for "their moral and spiritual development through collective worship or otherwise".

In my experience many school assemblies are in no danger of confusing the spiritual with the moral, because the spiritual never seems to get much of a hearing. The object of the assembly should be collective worship; and worship is not just vague moral uplift but the direction of the human spirit toward God expressed in prayer and praise, celebration and thanksgiving.

It is time this was emphasised and that NAHT, whose members after all know what they are taking on when they apply for headships, ought not to destroy, but to reinforce, the Christian foundations of our educational system.

I hope that those attending conference will reject any suggestion on the lines of the council's apparent thinking.

Professor Arthur Pollard. Station Road. North Cave, Brough, Humberside

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