Letter: No fear

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Sir: As a retired teacher of mathematics, I take exception to Mr Weale's contention that "30 years ago, teaching was largely done through fear" (letters, 17 August).

I taught in secondary schools in the Fifties. My concern, and that of my colleagues, was to communicate our enthusiasm for our subjects to our pupils and encourage them to realise their full potential. The children I taught were keen to challenge one another - and me - in class discussions. They enjoyed exchanging ideas and we worked together in a happy and friendly spirit.

There will always be good, bad and indifferent teachers in any era.

MARY HAYMAN

Richmond, Surrey

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