chapter  4
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PERSONAL AND SOCIAL EDUCATION FOR ALL: Apart or Together?

Our problem in this paper is in general terms a very old one: it is to do with who gets what sort of curriculum. The specific area we are concerned with is 'personal and social education', and our focus will be on developments for 14 to 16 year olds. We will set out three possible scenarios for the future of personal and social education programmes for this age-group. In our view only one of these futures is worth fighting for, and it so happens to be the one which we feel is the most unlikely candidate for success. Our commitment is to the growth of personal and social education programmes which bring together pupils of differing abilities and orientations, programmes which require pupils with differing pasts, and probably differing futures in our society, to relate to one another. The small growth towards such programmes is, we believe, under threat and here lies our crisis: a crisis which demands action from those who share our commitments.