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By ATWadmin On December 27th, 2006

What do you male of the idea that National tests for pupils aged 11 and 14 should be scrapped and replaced with random tests in order to develop "broader skills" in reading, writing and arithmetic, according to a leading left-wing think-tank?

The Government’s outriders in The Institute for Public Policy Research believes that the current testing regime encourages teachers to drill children to pass tests, resulting in a narrow curriculum. It calls instead for a system based on internal teacher assessments, backed by “sample monitoring tests” to ensure that schools continue to be held accountable for their teaching and results.

This is nonsense. Our education system is being ruined by half-witted ideas floated by these leftist ideologues. One only has to consider the shocking fact that one in five boys aged 14 has has the reading age of a seven-year-old and that less than half of 16-year-olds achieve five good GCSEs, including English and maths, to realise the disaster that has befallen our State Education system.

This has happened BECAUSE of the endless interference from Government (of all hues). Teachers should be left alone to teach, academic excellence should be pursued and rewarded and those kids who seek a more vocational future should be facilitated – without dragging standards down. The real illiterates are those radical egalitarians who cannot recognise the folly of their ways.

2 Responses to “A TSUNAMI OF ILLITERACY….”

  1. DV,

    Until we reform (or preferably concrete over) the current Teacher Training Colleges it doesnt matter what tests are in place. There’s no point leaving teachers to teach if they dont know how to do it in the first place.

  2. DSD,

    Agreed – they are factories for brain-washing, much loved by the Unions. The Left don’t like to take the chance of a teacher thinking for him/her self, you know!