TES campaign right on target

18th July 2003 at 01:00
At last. Some practical, commonsense ideas for targets that recognise that children learn best by doing something (TES, July 4) The results of the TES's contest to set your own targets were a damning critique of the Government policy which says if you can't measure it, it's not important. It was a ringing affirmation of the practical, child-centred approach and it all came from the Primary Forum page - where else?

Some contrast to the assertion that you can teach 80 children at a time. No you can't. You can give information to 80 passive, listening children, but that's not teaching. Teaching, and learning, are active not passive.

Children need to be taught by an enthusiastic, encouraging teacher, who not only gives information but provides the chance for them to roll their sleeves up and get involved.

Michael Todd 27, Main Street Askham Bryan, York

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