The data game mission;Letter

6th August 1999 at 01:00
YOUR front-page story about the amount of tests that pupils have to endure nowadays presents this as a simply a Gradgrindian mission to "cram facts into pupils' heads and then to test them on what has stuck".

In reality we now live in post-Gradgrindian times. The purpose of all the tests is not so much to find out what facts pupils can recall, but simply to provide the data to produce test results, which are in fact the real purpose of the whole exercise.

Keith Flett Tottenham London

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