Whole-class fails individuals

18th February 2000 at 00:00
I AM a home-educating parent. As my children are used to having choices in what they study, and are very much self-directed, I found what your correspondent Martin Landers had to say on the subject of whole-class teaching very sad (TES, February 4).

Surely his method of asking the whole class the same question and then asking one poor child to answer does mean that whole-class teaching and differentiation ARE mutually exclusive?

If all the children have to be kept at the ready in this way, even when the questions are beneath their ability, they are beng taught how to be bored quietly, and without annoying the teacher.

One of my worries about mainstream education is that with the national tests and the curriculum, the system is losing its ability to treat children as individuals.

What is the point of making all the children follow the literacy hour, for example, if more than 50 per cent of them are already literate? Why not concentrate the time on those that need it, and let the others...read a book?

Fiona Clarke

Berry Home School

11 Fairfield Road

Uxbridge, Middlesex

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