After a weekend of revision and two further evenings of revision,
I am ready to call a halt.
There's too much pressure on school pupils.
Of course they ought to receive an excellent education
that gives them knowledge and confidence in their own ability.
That should be a given.
Thousands of kiddos in the UK have just finished their week of SATS.
And not how each individual child is doing.
Which is not how most children understand it to be.
I have mixed feelings about SATS.
Truth be told, I think they are pointless.
Why do I think that?
Because kiddos who live in Wales and Scotland do not do SATS.
Independent schools in England can opt out of them.
That's not what I call a level playing field.
The Boy Child is coming to the end of Year 3
and this week is his first proper "Exam Week".
Maths and Science are done.
English, Geography and History are still to come.
When I picked The Boy Child up today,
I asked him how his day had gone.
He smiled and replied, "We're half-way through the exams.
Exam week is going really quickly!"
I'm pleased that he is happy with how things are going, ie. quickly,
but I am worried about the emphasis his school is placing
on a formal exam week from Year 3 upwards.
So, education and testing.
Too much pressure?