Sporting benefits

27th April 2001 at 01:00
I am surprised that there has been no correspondence following the report (TESS, April 6) in which Education Minister Jack McCon-nell told a sports conference in Motherwell that targets should be set for out-of-school activities, presumably including sport.

The minister's argument appeared to be that schools should value more than the academic curriculum and exam passes. Therefore there have to be targets for them to meet for other activities.

But there is no logi to that if it means importing to sport and other areas the targets regime that permeates (or bedevils) life within school.

Sport in particular is there to be enjoyed, and for young people to benefit from. For only a few is it the passport to an activity at the highest level, and indeed we have surely got beyond the notion that school and club sports exist for the young mainly in order to talent spot the gifted.

Dave MacLean Marchmont Crescent Edinburgh

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