Child's view of testing culture

7th May 2004 at 01:00
I read your article on testing with both interest and anger.

I am 11 years old. We have been practising for Sats for about eight months and I am due to take them in a few weeks' time.

I think testing is wrong. It makes children worried and anxious. Sats do not show children's abilities, what they are good at or even what they are interested in. I would scrap Sats at key stage 2 as they worry children too much.

I feel sorry for the boy, Max, whose father tests him. My mum is a teacher and she doesn't test me. He would be better off having fun and playing football with his son.

Jack Sturdy

Year 6 pupil

Church Street

Hundon, Suffolk

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