Purge of fun

17th October 1997 at 01:00
How inspiring to read the view expressed in Christine Lee's letter (TES, October 3) about the importance of joy and laughter in childhood. The letter resonates with Andrew Davies's article about creativity, "No more fun and games".

In the previous week I read about the positive view of early childhood held by Steiner kindergartens, a view which is outside the limits of the national, state version of appropriate pre-school provision.

It seems there has been a purge, which is ongoing, a "philosophical cleansing" which has branded many inspirational and dedicated teachers as outcasts and failures. This has been done on the basis of their desire to address the needs of the whole developing person.

PETER DAGGETT 17 Harewell Close Harrogate

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