No value in vague levels

27th October 2000 at 01:00
HOW exciting it will be to start a new school and learn the same old stuff learnt in primary school. Labs with Bunsen burners and exciting prospects which can't be used because the Government has told teachers to hammer home the old stuff.

Doesn't David Blunkett realise that "level" descriptors are huge, vague, imposed millstones that have been given pseudo-credence by being quantified. I defy anyone to spot the difference between a pupil at the top end of a level 3 and the bottom end of a level 4. Exams for primary "failures" will force secondaries to have "remedialsets" from the word go, so preventing a fresh start for pupils. My, how to make them feel good!

There is more to educating children than making them jump through hoops, Mr Blunkett. Are you trying to squeeze in as much change as you possibly can before the General Teaching Council has a chance to consult the profession?

Is it this year or next you want us to produce human sausages who are all better than average?

Martin Scotchmer

Science teacher and a member of the General Teaching Council

Allowenshay

Hinton St George

Somerset


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