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Prospect’s new issue: are children getting dumber?

By Brian Semple  

It’s that time of year again that school children dread: exam time. In the next few weeks, millions of pupils will be sitting down to Sats, GCSEs, AS-levels and A-levels. And when results are announced in August, we can expect the usual debate about whether education standards are falling, and whether exams are being dumbed down to hit achievement targets. But, says Donald Hirsch in this month’s cover feature, we should instead be asking if we are making reasonable and appropriate demands of our children.…

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