Plowden re-run;Letter

23rd May 1997 at 01:00
It must be very comforting for the Plowden disciples celebrated by Gerald Haigh (TES, May 9) to have retained their faith so completely over the years that their messianic fervour is still undiminished and their rigid intolerance of non-believers undiluted.

Good luck to them if they are getting good OFSTED reports, but have they been so busy planning discovery experience for their pupils that they have failed to discover that there are more successful approaches to primary education, and that sneering at teachers is no longer a fashionable pastime?

If they have never tried didactic methods for themselves, how do they know they do not work?

Rather less of such ideology and rather more common sense would, in my view, have served primary education better in the post-Plowden years, and I find it disturbing to hear again the echoes of an intolerant, inward-looking, self-righteous doctrine that good teachers were once forced to accept.

ALAN KERR 8 The Barton Bleadon Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

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