Teaching values versus imparting knowledge

14th December 2012 at 00:00

Claire Fox forgets that teachers and all who work in schools share the corporate responsibility of "bringing up children" and are not just impartersproviders of knowledge.

Bringing up children well is about developing positive values. This produces healthier and better communities whose members are more likely to be happy. This may sound idealistic and woolly but it is what most parents set out to do and as schools we share in this task and this responsibility.

The idea that knowledge is somehow independent of values and that they can be separated is ridiculous. The key need is for common sense to prevail and luckily it does in most places most of the time.

Chris Mallaband, Principal, St Mark's Church of England Academy, Mitcham.

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