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

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now