Sporting disaster

19th January 2001 at 00:00
When Chris Smith beamed his announcement last week that there would be more Government money for more sport in schools, I could quite merrily have stabbed him. The only civilising measure that should be applied to school sport is to ban it altogether; it is, in our times, an anachronism whose claim to be character building stands right up there with freezng dorms, icy showers and unadorned porridge: all they ever really built was the Prince of Wales.

How it got onto the curriculum, heaven only knows. That it stays there - and that Chris Smith and his chums claim Brownie points for its continuing presence - is a serious dereliction of personal and political duty.

Carol Sarler, Tuesday

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now