Monday, January 14, 2013
Secret Teacher damns Production Line Education
Secret Teacher is always worth a read; and today's offers a wonderful defence of self-confidence over exam grades. The argument concerns high expectations; what are they, and can we measure them in the manner laid down by Ofsted? The difficulty, I would suggest, is that the sort of education that breeds self-confidence is social and cultural, involving, for example, families and communities that care. Schools cannot compensate for this; and if they keep their bottom line as progress in English and Maths, they are behaving in a sensible, if flawed manner.