LETTER : Closed minds and children's dreams

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From Ms Muriel Richards

Sir: The wit and imagination of Alix Sharkey's open letter (28 February) to the runaway Peter Kerry, made me think that there may be hope for us all yet. My optimism was somewhat dashed by the mother (and teacher), Diane Atkinson, who berates Sharkey (letter, 2 March). Maybe if Mrs Atkinson showed some respect for the intelligence of the young minds that she has temporary power over, she would find that their owners might have some respect for hers.

Where do children go, if both at home and at school they're constricted by closed minds and petty priorities? Malaysia? Why not?

Yours faithfully,


St Denys, Hampshire

2 March