Gauge of success is too narrow

14th February 2003 at 00:00
I WOULD like to point out how narrow the political definition of a "bad teacher" seems to be: one who fails "to meet their responsibilities", ie numerical targets relating to children's test results.

It really is a rather unfortunate state of affairs for those primary teachers who have a high percentage of children with special needs in their classes. What concerns me more, however, is the message which we are giving to our children: "If you do not make the grade, then you have failed."

Of course we want young people to have every opportunity of exam success but children need to have a much broader view of what success is. There are other ways of succeeding in life.

Merelina J Croft

TeacherBoston, Lincolnshire

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