Only politicians like exam tables

20th August 2004 at 01:00
With the recent exposure of the statistical unreliability of school performance tables, the Department for Education and Skills has been presented with a wonderful opportunity to eat some humble pie, and to demonstrate that it is prepared to listen and admit it has have made a major error.

Alas, politicians finding themselves in holes seem only to know one strategy: keep digging ever more frantically while singing "La la la (can't hear you!)" at the top of their voices.

The Government's failure to respond to these latest damning findings, that league tables aren't even capable of measuring accurately what they're purported to measure, simply confirms the suspicions of many that these tables are purely about politics.

Politicians make the cynical calculation that the narrow party advantage to be won from crass 'performance indicators' matters more than the untold and needless suffering and anxiety they cause to our young children, and the narrowing of the curriculum and distorted learning environments to which their very existence inevitably leads.

Dr Richard House

13 Denbigh Road

Norwich Norfolk

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