On National Standards

A reader emails:

Re: National Standards reporting and teacher’s unions’ (among others) objections to that, citing the fact top OECD countries don’t do it.

That’s true, Sweden for example doesn’t have national standards reporting.  But it does have a voucher system, where parents can take their education vouchers anywhere they choose including the private sector – that’s real competition between schools to attract parents.

Do they want that too?  I doubt it.  It’s a bit unfair to pick the bits of a successful education system that you like, and ignore the bits that you don’t.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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