Market forces down standards
Once more battle is joined with members of the Government and their poodles, the only ones who try to maintain the farce of constant standards.
In all the oft-repeated exchanges at this time, two points get overlooked. First, we are continually told that we are insulting hard-working students by protesting at dumbing-down. Not so! We are supporting hard-working students insulted by seeing others less worthy, scuttling away with trophies to which they are not entitled and which are therefore devalued.
The second point is, to misquote Gresham: "Bad exams drive out good."
Teachers play the market, watchful for softer options, not because they want to but because of the national obsession with league tables.
If an exam board tries to maintain standards it will not survive.
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