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If you don't test a student to ensure that the teaching has been absorbed into their brain, do we now depend on blank minds knowing how to google?   

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I haven't really followed what the arguments against testing are about, but do remember being tested all through my school years without feeling hard done by. In secondary school there were exams at the end of each term. I'm not sure if its the pupils or the teachers that are feeling threatened by testing, but in most walks of life I'm sure there is testing of some form or other following you all your working life, so what better way to learn about it than at school? Just my take on it.

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Same here about the arguments for and against asp. Would assume that the idea behind them is to find out what level of information the students are taking in or not and then hopefully tailoring effort into helping them to do so in a more effective way for them.

 

Bit of a catch twenty two situation for the teachers. if the do the tests then they get moaned at by the parents for stressing out the kids with unnecessary pressure. if they don't do the test they get moaned at by the parents because the kiddies are not getting the right level of education because the teachers don't know that little johnny is bad at maths.

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What's tragic about this spat; is education is absolutely essential to the economic future of this Country; and whilst, like other public services, politicians have tinkered and re-tinkered with it over the years, thus impeding progressive development; we really need to get a grip and start to educate and up skill  the next generation of workers. We live in a world of global competition, and the only way to stay ahead of the game is through high skills and innovation, supported by investment in R&D. So perhaps for once it might help if Governments and everyone else started thinking beyond the next election.   :cry:

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Is it correct that these Academies of learning excellence are allowed to set their own curriculum? That would seem strange especially if exams are set nationally.

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Academies remove LA and parent Govenor involvement, which may be fine. What they don't do, is substitute them for employer involvement in the curriculum; based on the presumption that employers know what they need from the education system. As Bill Clinton said "It's all about the economy" .

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 Think this transfers the argument to what is actually being taught to 7 year olds, rather than the principle of being tested.    :wink:

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