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What do teachers think about standards?

I assembled a group of teachers aged over 35 at my local comprehensive school and asked what has been lost and gained since they were at school

By Donald Hirsch   June 2009

When I assembled a group of teachers aged over 35 at my local comprehensive school (which, despite being in the home counties, deals with children from very difficult as well as privileged backgrounds), I was struck by their honesty about what has been gained and lost since they were at school.

They started by justifying how they do things now—but with enthusiasm rather than defensiveness. “The education experience has become more exciting because learning has become more active.” Students, I was told, are encouraged to find things out for themselves, which allows them to understand things in more complex ways…

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