TAKING children on holiday during term-time has stirred many readers into response, mainly defending their actions against the advice of Education Secretary David Blunkett.
However, little thought appears to have been given to the effect on children returning to their class after their peers have settled down. From experience over many years of teaching, I have found that the younger the child the more devastating can be the effect. These children are plunged into a situation in which others are already at ease, possibly with a different teacher or classroom from the previous term. The tentative friendships, so important in the early years, have been disrupted or even discontinued and new alliances already formed.
Dr Julia Matthews, 50 Sydney Road, Bexleyheath, Kent