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Our poor children

One of the things that I feel really sorry for today is the way we are failing our children while they are at school.
When I think back to my school days I am always thankful that I attended a school that taught excellence, thrived on competition, had teachers that earned respect and created an atmosphere of respect for all members of staff and fellow pupils.

It is so sad to see the con job that is being perpetrated on children today by an administration that is so tied up in a web of lies that the truth is a very rare bird indeed.

We have teachers who are actually trained in how not to be alone with a child. How sad is that?

We have pupils who are being told that they have achieved massive examination success even though the pass marks are substantially below 60% of the possible total result.

The lies start very early on in school when infants first come into contact with a teacher. What is the first lie?

“Everybody wins.”

Just how destructive is this mantra? How is it possible that supposedly professional members of staff can try to eliminate competition? How can grown ups supervise sports days where nobody wins because there are only competitions but no results? How is it possible for otherwise sensible people to try to imbue every child with the sense of having succeeded without measuring that success against some sort of standard?

Children are taught today in ‘modules’. What this means is that they study, let’s say, the battle of Hastings but once the module has been completed, the knowledge that they gained is never referred to again. The knowledge is not revised and, for the most part, is never tested after the module has been completed. The ‘points’ scored for completing each module are carried forward to the end of the year when simply having completed the module will count towards the final grade they receive for History.

Children are shown that results improve every year but they are not stupid. They know, because they do discuss such matters with their peers, that the exams are a ‘doddle’. They have learned how to convince parents and teachers alike that they dread examinations but secretly realise that the government has a vested interest in their success. Children are not stupid. They know that we live in an era of mediocrity and that school examination results are not based upon reality or what they know.

It seems to me that the number of passes required to show improvement is calculated and the pass marks adjusted to achieve this result. For example, let’s say that the A+ passes are required to rise by 4%. If 74% of the last tested group scored A+ then 78% need to pass the next exam. This is achieved by sleight of hand. The total results are put into a table and sorted into the achieved mark order. The top 78% of this list will be given an A+ pass – even if the person at the 78% point only scored 17% correct answers. Gone are the days when 60% was the absolute minimum for ‘scraping through’ an examination. Now you can pass an examination simply by turning up!

We live in a time when children at school are never faced with failure. They are never faced with competition. Some don’t even have their answers marked as ‘wrong’ (too trauma inducing!). Our children leave school lacking knowledge, lacking self dicipline and lacking any understanding of how anyone can earn the respect of anyone else.

We are failing our children and it seems they realise that we don’t care.

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