The General Teaching Council (GTC) want all under-16 exams scrapped, as they believe they are demoralising children.
I, as a father of three children believe in testing. The results that my children bring home give me an indication of how they are progressing, and whether my wife and I need to become more pro-active in their education. I do not want to wait for their GCSE results to drop on my door mat to find out what their chances of making it in life are. Sats at 14 are a baseline indication of a child’s current standard, without which, it would be difficult to identify the areas that require working on.
My 14 year old daughter has just received a set of disappointing results, this has given me a chance to talk her through them and point out to her the consequences of not fulfilling her potential. Given the information contained in her results, I can now ensure I pay more attention to her homework and the time she spends socialising with her friends.
I am absolutely furious that the GTC claim that tests demoralise children. I am sick and tired of these sandal wearing fools telling us we should not hurt our children’s feelings by having a system of winners and losers. Without competition we would still be living in bloody caves and our children will be in for one hell of a shock when they leave school, only to realise that they have to compete for jobs.
There are winners and losers in life and as soon as our children realise that, the better it will be for them. Sticking our collective head in the sand and hoping for the best, will not be beneficial to our children, or the country.