OpinionThis (http://www.wellingtongrey.net/articles/archive/2007-06-07--open-letter-aqa.html) is evidence that the government knows nothing of teaching.
      – Thelevellers, 2009-03-20 at 15:49:46   (12 comments)

On 2009-03-20 at 15:50:21, Thelevellers wrote...
*insert mindless angry gabble* I'm pretty much speechless about this...
On 2009-03-20 at 16:16:25, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm not sure who it is that drives education from being hard to being easy - perhaps it's all down to getting as many students as possible to pass. You'd think those in charge would have grown up in the 1950s or 1960s and expect schools to have at least something approaching the same level of discipline and comprehension as they had to deal with.
On 2009-03-20 at 17:21:14, Baslisks wrote...
This is nothing new. My physics class was mostly my physics teacher talking about her kids and me reading a book while she did it. She taught us nothing and we didn't even do one chapter of the book, we got through I think vectors(stuff I did in 7th grade maybe 6th? 6th grade) the book went up to basic electric stuff. It was all vocab tests and me taking naps. Still got the credit and got perfect grades so mehh. School sucks.
On 2009-03-20 at 17:30:38, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's been going on for a while, but it is particularly disturbing that the next generation is essentially going to be uneducated. Not just less skilled, but actually lacking basic knowledge about how the world actually works. We already have a world in which a lot of people don't care about science and make faulty decisions because they believe their own intuitions instead of checking facts. Now we're deliberately failing to give children scientific knowledge even if they would be interested in it. Having fewer scientists isn't as big a problem as having more general ignorance.
On 2009-03-20 at 17:41:48, Baslisks wrote...
ignorance is an ugly thing to fight as the ignorant don't understand that they are ignorant...
On 2009-03-20 at 17:42:11, Baslisks wrote...
and that is probably an ironic comment on some scale.
On 2009-03-20 at 18:53:35, Thelevellers wrote...
My physics GCSE education was fairly good I think... Though it's a little fuzzy now, I have a good grasp of most of the basics of all the sciences (I think!). But then I've always been one to watch science programmes, and read the New Scientist when I get the chance, so it's possible that's why. It is a really scary thought that so many people in the next generation aren't going to have the skills or knowledge that I have - and I don't have a huge amount! Idiocracy comes a stage nearer... :(
On 2009-03-20 at 18:55:13, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Exactly - even if a child isn't interested in a subject, at least you'd be exposing them to information they may vaguely recollect later on in life. Now they don't even get the exposure.
On 2009-03-21 at 07:52:50, BorgClown wrote...
My nephew writes like a 8yo, and he's 15. As much as I berate him, it seems like kids have to play dumb to be accepted by other kids, even to the point of being trained to make intentional grammar and spelling mistakes. Kids these days think watching Discovery is learning science. My only hope is for he to retake the right path after he matures a little, meanwhile I'm letting him be.
On 2009-03-21 at 10:28:53, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's really irritating that people always excuse their terrible writing as just being 'informal', claiming that they can write correctly when they need to. You know in reality that they are (a) lazy / uninterested and (b) will just rely on spell checking to fix their mistakes. And they know you cannot prove them wrong because they always write badly (sorry, informally).
On 2009-03-21 at 11:29:29, Thelevellers wrote...
Yes! I always (ok, usually!) try and spell correctly, and use decent grammar, as it should be habit to do so, and I feel like a bit of a language failure when I write in text speak by accident. In fact, as I have free text messages I even write texts in proper English now! As I have the space I don't see why I should degrade my language just for a different medium...
On 2009-03-21 at 18:04:12, Baslisks wrote...
I no wat u mean. its so anoying wen peeple writ lik this.