Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Great Regulars: Thank you for your "Information for parents" sheet,

which tells us what we can expect with the year 6 "English grammar, punctuation and spelling test". I see it will include "vocabulary" and "handwriting" (to be confirmed Autumn 2012). What an odd ragbag! These items only hang together if you chop language up into the categories invented for training clerks in a bygone era. With your knowledge of language, you can't seriously think that this list describes either how language works when it is used in speaking, listening, reading and writing, or how children acquire and develop language.

from Michael Rosen: The Guardian: Dear Mr Gove: Michael Rosen's letter from a curious parent


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