More on SATS

SATSTV news continues to wind up everyone about testing children or, at least, Channel Four does. I thought tonight’s programme was interesting in its visual impact.  There were three  screen shots that I thought were compelling:

  • First, there was the writing shot with children holding biros.  I thought there were more left-handers than there were right-handers which must be wrong statistically but may satisfy some politically-correct TV directors;
  • Second, was the tortured style in which many children held their biros, rather as they might grip a hammer than a writing instrument.  I suspect school teachers are no longer allowed to guide children in how to hold a pen.  Children (not “students”)  probably have to be left to develop their own style.  Sadly, this probably condemns many to illiteracy.
  • Finally, a banner, held aloft by a child, contained a spelling mistake that was disgraceful for an eleven-year old and no self-respecting teacher should have allowed to receive public attention.  However, that always assumes the teacher knew it was mis-spelled!!

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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