Letter: Yes, schools can teach us morality

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The Independent Online
Sir: The July report by the School Curriculum Assessment Authority described an excellent set of moral values for the school curriculum - together with the necessary philosophy in support.

The authority's findings agree totally with the conclusions of the people who matter - the pupils - when and if they are allowed weekly opportunities to discuss and share their feelings with each other about personal and social issues. They, and they alone, do the teaching and healing.

This occurred over a 15-year period in our large comprehensive school. The pupils learned to respect themselves and care for others. They were never taught morals. This approach was so effective that the young people asked us to see that all schools adopted this policy because it had changed their lives - whether high or low achievers.

ROBERT K McKECHNIE

Sidmouth, Devon

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