In a message dated 15/07/2006 11:48:22 GMT Standard Time,
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Youngersters with an interest in their heritage will be coming into the
hobby anyway, many of us see this as a way in which the PAS can grab the
interest of the kids and thereby lead them into practising responsible
The suggestion that inserting a fun feature showing the excitement of metal
detecting into the National curriculum Key Stage 2 won’t stimulate an
expansion of the hobby is so unlikely as to be not worth debating. Particularly when
it is juxtaposed with the appearance of child-friendly detectors, including
Mr Wyman’s that is being made available “in time for Christmas”.
Equally, the idea that PAS will “lead them into practising responsible
detecting” is highly unlikely (how???) since attempts to do this amongst adult
detectorists have met with such limited success. How many ten year olds will
report their finds and by what mechanism?
Currently, PAS is spending £600 per annum for each detectorist that records
with them (and rising) whilst all the other detectorists are recording
nothing. I see no point in making a bad situation worse.
Other than commercial beneficiaries there is nothing to be gained from
converting thousands of kids into detectorists, and much to be lost. And the basic
point remains, PAS have no remit.