Section 28 hysteria
Some lessons can be learned. The SSBA has been shown to be amateurish and unrepresentative. Churchmen would do well nt to insult the intelligence and professionalism of teachers. Businessmen and public relations consultants can destroy a good image faster than they can promote it. Secondary pupils tend to be more levelheaded than their elders.
We try to teach children tolerance and rational ways of confronting problems. Philosophy is part of the tradition in higher education. Yet supposedly sensible people, aided and abetted by sensationalist media, opt for hysteria. I shudder to think of the effect on young people of future moral controversies in our devolved system.
Royal Park Terrace, Edinburgh