Sunday, June 06, 2004


Head teacher Judith Wressel is introducing a less competitive format for the event at Maney Hill Primary School in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. She said keeping spectators away while changes were made would be in the children's interest. But one of the banned parents condemned the move as "political correctness gone mad".

In a letter to parents, Ms Wressel writes: "Taking part in traditional races can be difficult and often embarrassing for many children, which is why we now envisage a different outdoor activity event which will suit all children." ... She added: "We decided to trial this year a new activity-based sports day to ensure all our children take part and enjoy the experience. "The event involves the children moving from area to area taking part in a variety of activities, some of which will be competitive.

Rob Busst, whose two sons attend the school, said: "They are trying to solve a problem that doesn't exist. "This is political correctness gone mad. I have spoken to at least 30 other parents and we all feel disappointed. "Children don't become scarred for life because they lose the egg and spoon race."

Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, added: "Most parents will be horrified. Competition is a part of everyday life and children need to get used to winning and losing. "This whole idea is nonsense. You have to learn about the real world while you are at school."

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