Last week I wrote this post for the Education for Everyone blog. It seems to have generated quite a lot of interest, receiving comments than any other recent post on that blog.
A postcript to the discussion of educational 'standards' in that blog comes from an article in today's Guardian. A former primay headteacher is quoted as saying
measuring perceived accountability has become more important than children's well-being and education.
He is surely right. We have reached a dreadful situation where the focus on 'standards' and 'perceived accountability' (both of which are just posh ways of talking about test results) is in direct conflict with wellbeing and real learning. As educators we need to decide which side of this particuar fence we are on.