I am gemused that Nanny is proudly claiming that she will now test 11 year olds on grammar and punctuation etc, as part of a "back to basics" campaign (didn't the Tories rather run afoul of another "back to basics" initiative in the 90's?).
Anyhoo, The Telegraph reports:
"Under the new exams, which will form part of Sats tests, pupils will be expected to recognise the difference between formal and non-standard English, in response to concerns that too many youngsters rely on so-called “text speak” in their written work.That all sounds very jolly, but I have wee question.
The exam will also focus on the grammatical functions of words, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions and conjunctions.
Officials say that children should be “taught to proofread” their work for spelling and punctuation errors, omissions and repetition.
Pupils will also be expected to use “fluent, joined and legible” handwriting and will be taught to use punctuation marks correctly, with a focus on full stops, question marks, commas, inverted commas and apostrophes.
Teaching unions have already threatened to boycott the exam - which will be introduced in all state schools next year – over concerns that it risks narrowing the curriculum and promoting a culture of “teaching to the test”."
I appreciate that I am a gazillion years old and that my educashunal experiences took place in pre history, in a public school where one was flogged on Hogimass Day for not wearing the school onion etc etc, but what the fark has Nanny been teaching kids then if it isn't basic reading, writing and 'rithmetic?
Oh, and why the hell are the unions moaning about teaching kids to read and rite proper??
For fark's sake what the hell has been going on in schools over the last 40 years?
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