Real values

6th December 1996 at 00:00
An article in the November 1 issue of The TES stated that family values are "not the real issue". On the contrary, no amount of intellectual theorising by Don Rowe and Ken Fogelman will correct the alienation of young people from family values where this occurs. Quite the reverse. All parents, irrespective of status, yearn for, and not as suggested extol, the virtues of the family - mother, father and natural-born children.

It is our failings and not our feelings as parents that serve to teach us family values. It is the failings of parents in the past that have damaged children. The relationship of the family to moral education must therefore be integral, not separate, for a civil and cohesive society.

Citizenship is a last-ditch effort to destablise the views and opinions of decent and sensible parents and teachers who will be left to rethink family values when the momentum is over.

PAUL COLONNA

Parent-governor

Stamford Green Primary School

Epsom

Surrey

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