(not satire – it’s the Tories!)
A group of 100 education specialists has criticised Education Secretary Michael Gove’s policy of forcing children to be formally taught and tested at school from the age of 4.
In a letter to the Education Secretary, the experts point out that current research “does not support an early start to testing and quasi-formal teaching, but provides considerable evidence to challenge it”.
But in what can only be described as a completely potty response, Michael Gove’s department insisted 4-year-olds needed to start preparing to solve calculus:
We need a system that aims to prepare pupils to solve hard problems in calculus or be a poet or engineer ….
And even more bizarrely, the official Twitter account of the Tory Party on education matters, Tory Education News, said 4-year-olds needed formal testing so they can meet the expectations of universities and employers:
Are the Tories serious? 4-year-olds being prepared for university, employment and calculus?
Is it just me, or have the Tories finally gone completely stark raving bonkers?
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