Letter: Fact-packed family life

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Letter: Fact-packed family life

Sir: R Riley's letter (17 August) bewailing his daughter's lack of general knowledge, despite having gained a university place, is indeed appalling. What have the Riley family been doing? Have they never taken the daughter outside the family home? Never engaged in discussion around the lunch table or played quiz games on winter evenings? Have they never watched informative television programmes together?

The education of children does not take place exclusively between the hours of 9 and 4.30. Leap from your sofa, Mr Riley. It is not too late to make up for all those years of neglect.


Ringmer, East Sussex