Watchdogs and standards;Postscript;Letter

13th August 1999 at 01:00
IT IS A bold gamble for the Government to back Chris Woodhead in the face of widespread criticism of him (TES, July 30).

The Government claims that evidence from the Office for Standards in Education supports Mr Woodhead's views begs a big question - when does evidence constitute proof?

OFSTED provides evidence that is the truth and it can be shown to be nothing but the truth, but is it the whole truth? The half-truth is more dangerous than a lie and leads to miscarriages of justice. Mr Woodhead has been so focused on "poor teaching" as to be blinkered about the numerous other factors in educational success or failure.

Ted Guyver 41 Meon Road Mickleton Chipping Campden Gloucestershire

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