Parliament's role;Letter

8th October 1999 at 01:00
IT WAS pleasing to note that the SNP has accepted the need for all secondary schools to have a modern studies department (TESS, October 1). Soon, presumably, all of our major parties will reach the same common sense conclusion.

However, Paul Scott's assertion at the SNP conference that Scottish history must first be given its place is misleading. Scottish history already has its place in the curriculum. The fact that history teachers choose not to cover certain Scottish topics could be quickly rectified with small changes to the history syllabus.

The real issue is that a small number of headteachers, through not having a modern studies department in their schools, are denying some of our students the right to study the social, political and economic factors that shape present-day Scotland.

This must be addressed by all parties in the Parliament if our young people are to play an informed and active role in Scotland's future.

Gavin Clark, Chairperson, Modern Studies Association, Dunbar Grammar School.

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