Still as pertinent as the day I first shared it, and well worth reading, especially for new teachers who have know nothing other than education with National Standards in place.
Below is a letter from two New Zealand teachers speaking out on behalf of many feeling this way about National Standards:
We are two teachers who have been teaching for about 21 years each but we have never had to deal with anything as heart-breaking as reporting to parents about their child’s achievement in relation to national standards. We feel we have been ‘bullied’ into implementing these standards, have not been consulted during any part of the process and labelled as uncaring and unprofessional when sharing our concerns.
Here is the reality of National Standards for us.
The first parent of a child in one of our classes who attended the three way interviews held at one of our schools recently was almost tearful when she asked, “Is my child special needs, because nothing that I know about him suggests that he is?” I then explained to her that the…
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