Extra-curricular role models

25th March 2005 at 00:00
I would like to clarify the sentiments attributed to me in your issue last week regarding teachers as role models for their pupils ("teachers would have to take part in extra-curricular activities if they were to have any chance of success").

These are not my words, nor are they my sentiments. As a teacher myself, I would argue strongly that teachers do already act as good role models for pupils in classrooms across Scotland on a daily basis, leaving aside extra-curricular activities.

I believe, however, that extra-curricular activities do bring a school community to life to the benefit of staff and pupils alike, and provide an invaluable way for teachers to be strong role models. For too long, teachers' devotion and commitment to extra-curricular activities were taken for granted or squeezed out by a burgeoning workload.

We need to redress this balance if we are to provide our pupils with the broad educational experience that we know best prepares them for adult life.

Dr James Cant Kippendavie SteadingPerth Road, Dunblane

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