Success and failure

6th October 2000 at 01:00
THE following view was expressed at an open EIS meeting in Edinburgh last week.

Assessment is as divisive as competition and serves only to make the successful arrogant and the failures resentful. It distracts from teaching and puts unnecessary pressure on pupils and teachers alike. Therefore it should be abolished.

Do those ho hold this view use the same argument to abolish all public, academic and professional assessment and even education itself? After all, you no sooner teach anything than some understand it more quickly than others and some not at all. You cannot get much more divisive than that.

David Hill

Relugas Road, Edinburgh

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