Schools like mine, and teachers like me, do our level best to care, inspire, protect and motivate. Daily we teach that accuracy of comment and avoidance of stereotype are not merely aspects of intellectual honesty, they are means to make a better society.
Each school is a unique, complex social institution. Andy Beckett resorts to a three-word description. He calls Buttershaw a "housing estate comprehensive". Such stereotyping exacerbates social division and misunderstanding. It makes harder the work of teachers who strive to make society better.
J T R Hull
Upper School, BradfordReuse content