Letters extra: real democracy

4th May 2001 at 01:00

I agree that democracy begins in school ( TES opinion, April 20), but this is unlikely to be achieved by the wishy-washy citizenship education proposed by David Blunkett, or through some woolly United Nations' notion about the right of a child to be heard.

The school's contribution to democracy should be the delivery of a rigorous and demanding curriculum that enables its pupils to make an informed choice on the complex issues they will have to vote on.

Stan Labovitch
Windsor, Berkshire

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