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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Nanny's Race To The Bottom

As loyal readers are only too aware, Nanny has the misguided view that children must never experience failure. In her warped view, the experience of failure will cause the children untold "damage" and "heartache".

Nanny is of course talking out of her posterior on this issue (as she does on so many other issues).

Failure, and learning to cope with failure, is an essential part of a child's development; it is necessary in order for the child to develop into a mature well rounded adult, with sense of self responsibility, capable of handling life's knocks.

Aside from trying to eliminate the concept of competition and winners/losers in school sports, Nanny has also tried to dumb down the exam system in order to pretend to herself and the hapless examinees that she has created a generation of academic intellectuals.

The reality, as is only too evident, is that she has created a nation of intellectual pygmies; unable to perform even the most basic of tasks in the adult world, and who need to be placed on remedial courses in order to be able to function in real jobs.

I am pleased to say that the Education Select Committee has also come to the same conclusion. It notes that the current system of exams and exam boards has created “perverse incentives” in which multiple examiners strip content out of syllabuses, stage training seminars for teachers and sell textbooks packed with exam tips to help schools inflate their overall scores.

The Telegraph reported that Graham Stuart, the committee’s chairman, said that politicians and exam boards had been in “denial” over a drop in standards in recent years, despite a notable decline in public confidence.

Mr Stuart said:
The public have lost confidence in exam standards and this needs to be put right. We’ve got to stop the dumbing down of the courses young people sit and stop exam boards competing on how ‘accessible’ their syllabuses are.”
Nanny's system has, perversely, created competition between schools and exam boards; sadly it is a competition in a "race to the bottom" (as per a quote in the report).

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  1. Anonymous11:29 AM

    I am not sure what the overall pass rate is for school exams, it must be in the mid to high 90% bracket.
    Every year when the results of exams are released we are shown on the news delighted pupils who have apparently excelled and pushed the pass rate up to record levels.

    Are the kids that stupid that they do not realise that if 90% of people can pass a test, then the test is probably not worth taking?

  2. I suspect our education system has not been an education systems for a couple of decades or so; it is now an indoctrination system and I cringe at the PC rubbish, views and attitudes my grandchildren are taught at state scool now.

    It never ceases to amaze how how those excited, happy kids that have just had record passes each year, when interviewed, can hardly string a sentence together.

    1. Internet rule one;
      When you make comments about grammar, spelling and general literacy of others, the computer always makes random mistakes in your writings and makes you look an idiot:-)

    2. A bad workman always blames his tools - I do it all the time!

      "Are the kids that stupid that they do not realise that if 90% of people can pass a test, then the test is probably not worth taking?"

      With the current standard of edjukayshum, probably not...

    3. Oi, Tonk, now look wot you've done - i carnt evun spel edudjukayshuN...

  3. I blame Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - for inventing "The Caucus Race"
    \\There was no `One, two, three, and away,' but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has won?' ... At last the Dodo said, `EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.'\\

    [Note that - this 'race' began in a pool of tears. "Contrariwise" our current Ed-Dew-Kay-Shun system seems to be ending in one]