Not a betrayal, but a fair choice

6th November 2009 at 00:00

I wholly disagree with Ms Levenson's claim that state school teachers who opt to educate their own children privately are "betraying" the profession ("Good enough for other people's kids won't do", October 16).

As teachers we sometimes choose to work in "challenging" state schools, as it is no doubt more rewarding to work with children who have some difficulties, whether it be financially or emotionally.

But would I want my own children to go to such a school? No. Not because the teachers in my school aren't wonderful, but because in such schools a certain amount of time is taken away from teaching because of discipline or emotionally needy children.

I would rather my children go to a school where the main concern, at least in the classroom, is teaching.

Joanne Harris, Teacher, Elstree, Hertfordshire.

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