…this just goes to prove that you can get to the top jobs in the land without knowing a model verb from a noodle verb and that insisting our children learn it all (many of them having to absorb 4 years worth of information in less than a year) is just another way to pretend they are doing us a favour educating our children when really it’s all about us all (kids, parents, teachers) doing as we’re told, jumping through academic hoops and being good little citizens who won’t rock the boat.
Private schools knocked SAT’s on the head years ago. The parents there whose children will be future leaders of industry, banking and Tory ministers know that it’s not tests like this years SATs (or any SATs) that brings that sort of success but decent teachers, small class sizes, parental support at home and confidence (often brought on by those first three things).
My son will be taking his SATs next week because I have a lot of respect for his lovely school and professional teachers. He knows all he can do next week is his best and understands what is being asked of him and his classmates isn’t fair on him or the teaching staff.
We have no idea what sort of score will be needed to be working at the expected level for his age. It could be that the standard overall will be so poor that there will be a very low threshhold to stagger over . Or it could be that those who must be obeyed in Whitehall are setting all our children up for a fall so they have additional reason to bring forced academy status forward for ‘failing’ schools. Who knows? I don’t. Our school doesn’t and certainly my son doesn’t.
We are also told repeatedly this isn’t about the children passing or failing so woe betide the day he is asked to resit either of this years SAT’s in his next academic year.