Children are not performing poodles
It makes me weary to rant on about this again, because it seems so blindingly obvious that I really shouldn't have to, but is this it? The pinnacle of modern civilisation?
"A system through which behaviour that is above and beyond what is expected is rewarded with bonus points which build up into vouchers for stores like WH Smith and Argos." ?
This is not education, by any understanding of the word. Surely, teaching is not just a matter of having a bunch of kids compelled to stay in a room with you, while you bribe them to fulfil a paperwork quota, earn a salary and go home again? It doesn't exactly further the sum of human knowledge, does it?
I dunno, maybe I'm wrong about all this, but what about a natural love of learning? The basic curiosity about life all children are born with and never lose - at least not until someone tells them they HAVE to learn. Did this country lose touch with its children so much that it forgot they love to learn anyway?
If education wasn't compulsory, you'd have to pay children to stop learning, not pay them to start.
The emporer has no clothes on! What happened to that little boy anyway? Hmmm.. something horrible, I bet! ^^