Undo the literacy straitjacket
There is much to commend in the literacy hour directive, but if it is so excellent its merits should speak for themselves and not be forced on those who are already achieving splendid results. Education Secretary David Blunkett claims to want to raise the prestige of the profession, but I can think of no better way of discouraging the sort of independent-minded high achievers that we so desperately need than by continuing with the patronising, strait-jacketed and centralising approach that he seems determined to introduce.
The irony of the literacy strategy is that, it is as likely to drive experienced, creative and articulate teachers from the profession out of sheer frustration as it is to enhance literacy standards.
Judith Beardsworth The Avenue Watford Hertfordshire