Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resetting Our Moral Compass: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Resetting Our Moral Compass: Letters

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Your editorial "Independents, don't be shy. Let's see the real you" and the article by Lord Adonis ("Charity is their duty, not an optional extra") on 2 November call attention to the core question for private schools today: are they chiefly there to educate the well-off, or for the benefit also of the wider community? You both support the latter.

The leaders of private school associations do not agree. Instead of responding positively to the express plea of the prime minister a year ago for private schools to sponsor academies, they have spurned the idea. They have chosen to trumpet all the things that private schools already do to show their charitable contribution. And there is indeed much excellent work that private schools are doing, paid for by the schools themselves.

The lack of leadership in the private sector is at the heart of our problem. The private sector needs leadership to give us a powerful moral purpose and fresh vision in the 21st century. …

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