Praise, please

22nd March 1996 at 00:00
Those of us trying to motivate disaffected young people will welcome the proposal to reform the provision of education for 14 to 19-year-olds by creating a genuine diversity of opportunity.

Many of those who are sick of school can still be helped to discover education, probably for the first time. They will not, however, attend schools offering a curriculum without meaning, which treat them only as children expected to conform without question and which measure their level of achievement only as failure. Life outside school offers them altogether more, at least in the short term. Only greater flexibility will help us, not constant admonitions to try harder. I wonder whether New Labour will do any better?

BEN WHITNEY 47 Manor Farm Crescent Stafford

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