Points of view

13th May 2005 at 01:00
This evening my 13-year-old daughter was in floods of tears. The reason? Sats. In trying to revise science she became overwhelmed by the difficulty of it.

"Is this the way education ought to be?" I ask myself. Isn`t learning a good thing? Then why does it have to cause so much misery?

The natural way is for people to seek knowledge because it has value for them, yet we inflict knowledge on young people wastefully and confrontationally.

The trouble is that unless someone changes our system's fundamental principle -learning by compulsion - then 20 years on many children will still be in tears because of school.

AJ Marsden 9 Chester Drive Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancs

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