Friday, 4 April 2014

"Schools have 'culture of fear', pupils say"

From the BBC:

A report into schools in England says there is a "culture of fear" in them because of what it calls the "draconian" use of performance targets.

It calls some exams "meaningless" and "unrealistic" - and says others are "disguised" by teachers.

The report was compiled from interviews and surveys with 2,500 primary and secondary school pupils.

The Department for Education denied claims of a "bullying culture" and said it made "no excuses" for valuing performance.

The report has been submitted to Education Secretary Michael Gove.

The report follows a warning from Home Secretary Theresa May that testing and exams are making a "comeback" in schools.


Richard T said...

I don't understand the problem. As a child some 60 years ago, above the entrance to my primary school were the words 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge'. Surely, this is the sort of sound educational principle that should appeal to Michael Gove and his followers.

JohnM said...

Very good

I've been told this by a teacher of my acquaintance. So close in fact I would accuse you of spying!

You ought to make these postings a competition. Guess what the real issue is?