Sniper Michael Gove MP (Once a week news pic)

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Tougher targets for schools is not the answer to problems in education. The problem is too much top down agenda setting and interfering.  New Labour were bad enough with this, and in a record short space of time the ConDems have exceeded even Blair.  At least New Labour’s endless initiatives had an air of raising aspirations of children and staff.  The ConDems are just living up to their name, and depressing everybody if they don’t meet reactively set arbitrary targets.  Beating up teachers will only make them more demoralised and stressed, which is not good for our children.  You’re getting it seriously wrong Gove.  Painful to witness.

Responding to these stories;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/jun/14/schools-told-raise-bar-gcse-results
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13788724

 

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