Our priority should be the many, not the rebellious few

10th January 2014 at 00:00

I'm sure that London School of Economics Professor Yona Rubinstein is right in his belief that intelligent teenagers who misbehave are more likely to become successful entrepreneurs ("Entrepreneurs don't play by the school rules", 3 January). We've all met them. But rather than indulging the disruptive behaviour of "creatively stifled" children, we should be challenging and stretching them in class and encouraging them to direct their energy into extracurricular activities such as drama, debating or sport. It is immoral to risk destroying the education of the well-behaved majority for the sake of a few precocious rebels. This happens often enough already and is the biggest single reason for the underachievement of working-class children in our schools.

Stan Labovitch, Windsor, Berkshire.

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