Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Isn't this a lovely idea. In the UK children as young as three will be asked to grade their teachers.

In the latest, and most ambitious, extension of the inspection culture, children as young as three will be asked to mark the quality of their nursery lessons by ticking a happy or sad face on Ofsted forms. If they want to express a more subtle verdict, they can tick a third, impassive face.

Just what the hell is going on over there? Teachers now have to worry that their students are always 'feeeling' good and aren't agitated or 'overworked' in any way lest they face reprimand. This is the new 'If it feels good, do it' culture that gets to remove any authority (oh sure, they are saying it is for research purposes but can anyone truthfully argue that this won't soon extend to a formal practice) that doesn't allow them to 'fully express' themselves. Watch, next it will be parents and a sad face will end with children being removed from homes where the children are 'sad'.

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