I WAS astonished to read Jack Bairner's letter (January 21). He was complaining of what he sees as the lack of realism in both the content and the process involved in the revision of 5-14 environmental studies - but this is not the bit that astonished me. What astonished me is that he described himself as a "cynic". Anyone reading the letter might believe this judgment, but I have to set the record straight
I have worked with Jack in a variety of capacities over the Eighties and Nineties and cannot think of a harder-working, more committed teacher. His continuing enthusiasm for his subject and for teaching and his commitment to raising the standards of work of his pupils are exemplary. He is a model teacher and his views should be respected as such.