An independent report has said that New Labour’s New Deal has provided an 11% increase in children gaining A-C in GCSE exams. Well, yippee! Of course, I won’t bother with the fears of dumbing down to get the result.
No, far more important is the new ethic of education in the UK. For instance, these results are moving more towards education as preparation for work, rather than the educational ethic of education for education’s sake.
This is showing itself in the inability of many children nowadays to hold a rounded knowledge. But even more worrying is the simple fact that educators have now been almost conditioned to teach children to pass the exams rather than be roundly educated.
It is the school, and ITS results that count now. Not the kids. It’s disgusting.
© Anthony North, February 2008