ON Thursday, Damian Hinds at the Department of Education told us that ‘all children must have access to a wide range of activities to help them build the character and resilience they need to succeed’.

He went on: ‘Character and resilience can be as important as GCSEs in helping young people succeed in life and evidence shows that skills like the ability to deal with setbacks and focus on long term goals can even improve academic outcomes.’

Not surprisingly there are plans for an ‘audit’ of the availability of out-of-school activities across the country. Of course there are! This would not be the government of Theresa May without a good audit! The government teaching character: what could go wrong?

If the idea of Theresa May teaching your kids character does not fill you with joy I offer you this clip from Bishop Robert Barron who discusses character and morality.

Every moral act produces its own consequences, but also every act also helps produce character. In other words every act over the course of a day either builds up character or undermines it.

Indeed, it will take more than an audit to produce people of character.

An interesting watch.

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