I have always thought that education takes time and that assessment of learning is such a transitory thing that we should not be wasting any of the valuable education time on it. Today I read ‘SLOW SCHOOLS MEAN DEEP LEARNING’ by Professor Maurice Holt and have to agree with much of what I read. He says that ‘it is the actual process of schooling that matters’ … it is not about right answers but about gaining capacity to solve problems and this comes with time and experience. I suppose it could be true to say here that the assessment is the solution.
And so I say let’s all re-read Plowden and begin to understand what Maria Montessori was trying to put forward. Let’s open it up and slow it down.