Members of Parliament have finally got round to listening to parents and children, with the eventual dawning that the system of national curriculum testing in educational establishments is having a poor effect on our children. The fact that regulations had ensured that teaching was reduced down to reach the goverments test results (teaching to test seems to be the term)and not to make sure that every child had the greatest benefit from practical education, it appears to have been a shock to them. The fact that people seem aghast that children are leaving school without real preperation for University, college or Employment, it almost seems like people havent been to school because it hasn’t changed that much in the last 20 years. One of the questions should perhaps be do you really think that the colleges and universities are any different?

MP’s arent chucking the baby out with the bathwater, though, saying that a reformed form of checking should be brought in where the accountability of the educational establishment would be seperated from the system of student testing (I don’t really know how that is achievable as it will always come back to how well the pupils are doing within the classroom, which almost instantly makes the school managers look for a way to allow their school to excel in the test). Don’t get me wrong schools need a form of monitoring but perhaps they should be looking to the algorythms of Google and how they give ranking to sites than a clumsy administered system that is open to manipulation, at the expense of our children.

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