We’ve just got home from a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend away in Wales. We had a sublimely good time. The girls put up their own tent, walked miles, climbed Snowdon and came home relaxed, fit and healthy. So my question is, why should my ten year old now have to return to school for a week long extravaganza of SATS tests, when she could be outside in the sunshine, having a jolly good time and learning lots about herself and life in general.
I feel like a complete heel making her go to school so she can suffer the stress of her teachers, when she should be learning – not sitting for hours each day in silence, regurgitating the largely irrelevant stuff they’ve been pumping into her for the last couple of terms. I had expected that by this time the SATS would have been filed in the only appropriate place – the bin. But no, our daughters’ school is still playing the game.
Well I would like someone to explain how this is doing anything positive for my child, or for any other child in her year. For that matter, I don’t even know what it’s doing for the school, other than giving a number of the staff high levels of stress and a lot of sleepless nights.
I wish I had the guts to simply keep her out of school for the next few weeks. No one is going to convince me that climbing Snowdon was less character building than a week of ridiculous tests.