Teach Your Children Well, Or Better Yet, Let Them Teach Themselves

Man, England is going to hell. They have CCTV’s everywhere, nobody going to jail for things they should go to jail for, and now, a bunch of people responsible for education think that kids should set their own tests and grade themselves.

Hmmm, I can’t see any problem with that, can you? I guess, if they follow through with this, they wouldn’t have to worry about low test scores. Everybody would ace every test!

I start to wonder why we’d have teachers at that point. They want the kids to pick the questions, high school students to make up homework assignments and devise marking schemes, and the kids to grade each other. I’m just picturing the students who were in my grade nine class, and what it would have looked like if the teacher had let that idea loose on us. My classmates liked to wrestle over desks and throw rulers. I don’t think they were too into self-assessment.

I’m amazed that a whole group of people thought this idea was a good one. Then again, it just goes to show how good self-assessment is.

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