Is it time to throw a spanner into the Sats tests machine?

24th April 2009 at 01:00

I hesitate to trivialise the Velvet Revolution by invoking the words of Vaclav Havel in connection with the Sats, but his words on life under communism are irresistibly apt:

"We live in a contaminated moral environment ... (The regime) reduced gifted and autonomous people, skilfully working in their own country, to nuts and bolts of some monstrously huge, noisy, and stinking machine, whose real meaning is not clear to anyone. It cannot do more than slowly but inexorably wear down itself and all its nuts and bolts."

I defy anyone to pen a more suitable image of the Sats regime. A spanner in the works is long overdue.

Jason Buckley, Writtle, Chelmsford.

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