Ask teachers about educational reforms
AS we head towards the end of the school year and prepare for the start of the state exams, we will no doubt have many worthy academics, employers and politicians bemoaning the 'relevance' of such exams in today's world.
There will be calls for the so-called panaceas of modern educational ills -- project work and continuous assessment. The main arguments underpinning these solutions are quite logical on the surface -- that it takes pressure off students and prepares them for the 'real' world.
However, nowhere in these worthy pieces do I ever see a teacher asked for his/her views on how the existing projects in various subjects, such as history, CSPE and geography, have been doing. Have they made it easier for pupils? Are they actually preparing students for the 'real' world?