Joined: Oct. 2005
Speaking for UK only.
I do not understand why we have a government target of 50% of pupils going to University.
IMO. Primary education should be mostly rote learning facts with a little more generalised education, including PE.
Secondary education should be more diverse. English, Maths and Science to a decent basic lvl, also allowing choices at about age 13+. More skills classes for the less academic.
Let children "fail" sometimes, it is a part of life everyone has to face.
I also agree with "streaming", letting children learn at their own pace.
I do believe that a lot of schools are now just teaching to pass the exam, therefore improving the schools "score".
Unlike Louis, I do think teachers bare some of the blame. Certainly not all of it (the government is No1 culprit) but some.
I find it worrying to work among so many degreed people who seem ignorant.