Light years adrift

21st September 2001 at 01:00
While it is pleasing to see a greater range of articles in The TES Scotland, particularly regarding our local school, could you please impress upon your writers that in line with inclusive policies there are words and terms that are no longer acceptable?

In his article, "Helping hand leads to Highers" (September 7), Raymond Ross's terminology of "severely handicapped pupil" proved he is several kilometres and a couple of light years adrift of current inclusive thinking and language - a very sad state of affairs for a journal of the standard of The TESS.

I really don't want to make a huge fuss about this - that being the prerogative, perhaps, of the parents. But it is quite sad that a member of the public has to deliver a lesson on the importance of language use to the quality media.

Our daughter went to Portobello High School in Edinburgh and was in a class with various pupils who had specific educational needs. No one seemed handicapped to her; they were given the support they required to do the job. Perhaps you could do the same for Mr Ross's terminologically challenged style.

Thanks for all the years I've never needed to complain.

Parent of Portobello pupil

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