I was very disheartened to read the article regarding Kersey Primary School and children eating with a knife and fork and the subsequent “anger” by the parent at his child being forced to hold a fork in a particular hand.
I am disheartened, not by the issue of which is right, but by the apparent lack of education on the matter.
The choice of American style verses European, or continental style, is a personal one, but for the choice to be made correctly, surely the child should be made aware of the difference and why it is appropriate?
Sadly, our society does not seem to work like that any more, as more and more cultures are thrust upon us as we grapple with a multicultural society in an ever-diverse population.
What a shame that we do not take the opportunity to educate our children culturally at an earlier point in their formative years, so that when they make their choice, they are more informed.
Former school governor