Collapse of a decent education is deafening

4th December 2009 at 00:00

We are about to dismantle what has been a decent education system for a portfolio of utterly imbecilic outcomes. Just imagine the future scenario:

"Ah've passed two o' ma outcomes the day," Johnny announces to his parents at tea.

"Whit wis that, son?"

Johnny proudly puffs out his chest: "Ah can communicate in a clear expressive manner when engaging with others within and beyond ma place o' learnin', and ah can independently select and organise appropriate resources as required".

"Very good, son," says Dad, "wis that the two?"

"Naw, Da', as well as that ah can regularly select and read, listen to or watch texts for enjoyment and interest, and ah can express how well they meet ma needs and expectations an' give reasons, wi' evidence, fur ma personal response!"

Mum and Dad are proud and delighted, but mostly bewildered.

The Scottish education system is being dismantled, following a complete sham of a consultation exercise which ignored any dissenting voices. Future generations of pupils will suffer the consequences.

Donald McDonald, Anderson High, Lerwick, (33 years' teaching experience).

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