Union leaders say the tests are damaging to pupils and demean staff.
"Just think about what a real education for these children would involve. It would start by giving a child an understanding of himself, his world, his culture, his community. That’s the starting point of any educational process. That’s what makes a child hungry to learn – the promise of being part of something, of mastering his environment." Barack Obama. Ref, ‘Primitive Britain’.
"Teaching is a vocation and not a profession. The child was not invented for educational systems, but educational systems invented for the child. If you would encourage the pupil to increased growth by your knowledge, you must both love it and know it well, and your pupils will love both the knowledge and yourself, and you will benefit them. But if you yourself do not love it, then, no matter by what means you force them to learn, your knowledge will have no educative influence at all". Tolstoy – ‘Education and Culture’.
Also, "As soon as man reaches the highest degree of development (in Tolstoy’s case it was just 32 years of age), he sees that all is bunkum and deceit; and that the truth, which he values above all, is terrible: that when you look at it well and clearly you awake with horror!" "Eventually, my rejection of authority spilled into self-indulgence and self-destructiveness, and by the time I enrolled in College, I’d begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy". Barack Obama ‘The Audacity of Hope’.
Who takes what – what for? Who is more trustworthy, your teachers, or your government (Quangoes)? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/2994018.stm Ref, Quangoes of Religiosity UK. QCA – over education and over religiosity.
The Infantile Situation (again, see below: can one, ever: get away from (it) – this, locked within the ‘infantile situation’) – legal dispute over Sats tests http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7993264.stm