Would Neighbours teach you about Australia?

24th January 1997 at 00:00
It is so easy to look at some other country for an answer to educational ills. The Pacific Rim or America all seem to be doing it better than the poor old UK. In fact, any of the social ills are being coped with much better somewhere else.

But South Korea, Japan or Taiwan will be less admired when workers become less secure and education does not offer secure work. It seems incredible that the underlying, old-fashioned concept of self-respect for a stable society is not properly accepted.

To deny that unemployment or the lack of job opportunities are not factors in our continuing difficulties is to be blinded by political dogma. The debate about educational methods is like trying to appreciate Australia by watching Neighbours.

DENNIS WALBY

132 Maidstone Road Chatham Kent

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