And a worrying thought it is.
In Scotland there is a motion to bring in assessment of primary 1 children to test them on literacy and numeracy. Although any primary teacher will tell you that assessment is ongoing and done through observations the Scottish Government, in their wisdom, have decided this isn’t enough and want this test brought in.
Apart from the fact I think it is adding to the already overburdened workload of teachers it is also putting a great deal of unnecessary pressure on young children. However while listening to a report on BBC Reporting Scotland tonight something the reporter said made alarm bells ring with me.
They mentioned the curriculum. Yes, that horrible document that I don’t like. The alarm bells rang because primary 1 and early learning and childcare share the same Early Level of the curriculum. So, if primary 1 is under threat of these assessments how long before children in Early Learning are being out through this?
Are we forgetting they are children and not items of data?