Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Great Regulars: Wherever we look in the education system--

curriculum, assessment or structure--you have built in a guaranteed failure rate. The way you have secured this for your cabinet superiors is to lock into the system constant competition: with norm-referenced exams, pupil competes against pupil; with performance-related pay, teacher competes against teacher; with league tables based on exams, each "autonomous" school "freed" from local authority planning, school competes against school. The result of all this competition is of course that many must fail: pupils, teachers, schools.

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


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