Oh the irony

So on the day we discover that English schoolchildren have slipped down the international league tables in primary Maths (10th from 6th) and Science (15th from 7th) we have teaching unions, councils and schools going to court to challenge a change in grade boundaries from June’s English GCSE exams.

Is it any wonder our educational standards are falling when teachers focus more on ‘inconsistencies’ and ‘lack of even-handedness’ affecting the number of youngsters achieving a grade C, rather than getting the kids up to grade A standard?

For too long teachers have coasted along relying on grade inflation to make it look as if performance in the classroom has improved. But the evidence shows that against our international competitors we are losing ground. Now the teachers and councils are so desperate to maintain the illusion they will even go to court to force over-lenient grading of papers so more kids achieve the benchmark C.

They may be kidding themselves, but worse they are betraying the children, whose interests they profess to have at heart. They are also failing the country which will continue to see jobs and opportunities lost to other nations where teaching and subsequent exam results are of a much higher standard.

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6 Responses to “Oh the irony”


  1. 1 mrmattpieroni 11/12/2012 at 1:02 pm

    Being a teacher myself and listening to others complain “new state standards are getting too hard, complicated, unfair, etc” I feel your passion. When I hear this I want to vomit. It is our job as instructors to move these groups towards meeting and exceeding the standards, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ARE. Great piece and I will be following from now on.

  2. 2 mrmattpieroni 11/12/2012 at 1:04 pm

    Reblogged this on Mr. Matt Pieroni and commented:
    It is interesting to me how we find ourselves further away from where we need to go, yet have hours and hours to complain, but no time to FIX the problem. Those of us out there who think we as teachers are responsible to bridge the gap, please read this short piece.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 11/12/2012 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for that. Welcome to AM.

  4. 4 Dave H 11/12/2012 at 6:16 pm

    The reason we’re dropping down the science table is that they’ve taken all the proper science out of the curriculum and replaced it with subjective essays and global warming propaganda.

    There’s no time to waste on helping children understand the subjects, they just need to learn by rote how to pass the exams, so that the school will fare better in the league tables. Teachers are stuck in the middle because they don’t have much opportunity to engage enthusiasm, they have to keep force-feeding the facts needed to pass the exam.

  5. 5 Furor Teutonicus 12/12/2012 at 3:35 pm

    XX force over-lenient grading of papers so more kids achieve the benchmark C.XX

    If they can not see what that will do to the overall exam sytem, let alone “C”s, then they are too bloody STUPID to be teachers.

  6. 6 Brian H 17/12/2012 at 4:07 am

    To this day, in my 67th year, the teachers I remember with most gratitude and fondness are the ones who made me work hardest. Even at the time, I knew and appreciated what I was getting from them.


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