16th May 2003 at 01:00
I HAVE been criticised for allowing a lesson I was teaching to be taken over by questions concerning Britain's position in the so-called "war against terrorism". I felt that this was uncalled for. As an educator there are important times when whatever you teach becomes of secondary importance. Would you not agree?

IN the present climate it is perfectly understandable as long as it doesn't happen in every lesson and everyone is happy to participate. I imagine that you are not the only teacher who has sidestepped their curricula to discuss the burning issue of the day. Managerial concern might centre about the issue of directing young minds, but any teacher worth their salt wouldn't do that.

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