No ethics without human rights;Letter

5th June 1998 at 01:00
I am concerned that your report on our views on citizenship education (TES, May 22) was so inaccurate. Far from criticising the Government, I specifically welcomed both its decision to set up the Crick panel to advise on the content of citizenship education and its Human Rights Act. I also welcomed most of the Crick interim report.

My criticism was of its failure to recognise that human rights should be integral to citizenship education, and, in particular, of its failure to see the implications of the Human Rights Act: that the European Convention on Human Rights (brought into UK law by that Act) provides the code of ethics for which the panel is searching. Nor did I criticise the focus on children's involvement in the community.

My argument was that they should also learn at school how to participate in debate and decision- making in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Sarah Spencer

Director Human rights programme Institute for Public Policy Research 30-32 Southampton Street London WC2

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