Haven’t we been saying this for some time?

Think Tank: New Ideas For The 21st Century: Exams are failing our schools

Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, says so in an article in the Times Online today highlighting, yet again, the dismal failure of our educational system to support creativity. His panacea is the IB which, if you look at Rose and Cambridge closely you will find smatterings of ( more-so I think in Cambridge than Rose)

Seldon says: The lifeblood of British schools has become choked by a regime that frogmarches children through exam after exam, leaving them bereft of the skills they need to get on in the world beyond the school gates. No other country in the world is as obsessed with the external exam as Britain.

So we have got rid of KS3 Sats … surely now (much, much too late) is the time to remove the others. The forum on TeacherNet offers many good reasons, not the least just plain common sense … it is worth watching the Teacher TV programme KS1/2 Maths – Goodbye Sats Hello Assessment 2 at this point.

It would be well, in this context, to listen to Stephen Heppell’s ‘Enpowering Young Learners’  contribution on the Mobile Learning Institute site. Just watch and listen and reflect on the ‘being done to’ nature of the education system that we have foisted on our young people. We will regret it. History will show just how wrong we were to dumb down the vast creativity that could be on offer. Perhaps listen again to Sir Ken Robinson‘s TED presentation.

“In times of change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

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