Exam reform rejected.
I said I was going to comment on everything I read tonight! This article is interesting - Guardian.co.uk - Teachers reject white paper proposals.
I had the TV on earlier tonight, and the very end of "The Weakest Link" was on. One of the two finalists (I don't know if she won or came second) said, "I can't believe I got the maths question wrong - I've got a Maths degree. Still, we didn't cover triangles".
Now she may have been joking, but it wouldn't surprise me. The standards required to pass exams are dropping, just when I compare what my children are doing at GCSE level to what I did at GCE level some years ago.
I've not a problem with that, although I think that there needs to be something done to separate out those who get A* results and so on.
It is time to rethink exams.
One thing I've strongly believed in for many years is that schools should be teaching the children more of what they'll need when they hit the reality of the world after their education is over.
Every child's different, but there's not enough choice.
If child 1 is destined for high levels of academic acheivement, studying physics to such a level that one day he'll make a world-breaking discovery, then yes, it's important that he covers complicate matters in his maths lessons at high school.
If child 2 is a bright child, but wants to get to work sooner rather than later, and certainly doesn't want to spend years in education, then again, that is fine. Teach him subjects that are of a more practical nature whilst he's at school. Put him on a path towards getting a job at 16 that sees him spend two days a week at college and 3 days in work, for a small payment. He should be studying maths at high school, but it should be maths of a nature that will suit him in his chosen path. Whatever Maths you do teach him, try and show him how he might use it when he leaves school.
To this day I am yet to come across many of the concepts I was taught at "O" Level in the "real" world - but then again, I didn't go on to study Physics at university.
It's time that children enjoyed school.