Children are harder to teach because the internet and celebrity culture lead them to expect instant gratification, a head teachers' leader warned.Children expect lots of things, it doesn’t mean that they should get them…
The attitude has apparently spread to A-level classes, where few teenagers read books other than those produced for the syllabus which tell them exactly what they need to know - and nothing more.Yes, well, that’s a function of New Labour’s obsession with targets and league tables to the exclusion of everything else.
What does this ‘head teachers’ leader’ propose we do?
Dr Dunford went on to call for reforms to exams to encourage youngsters to work independently.Ah. Right. Pretty much the same as with the vote, then; change everything to pander to them.
'The assessment system rewards spoon-feeding and discourages wider reading,' he added.
A Conservative government would encourage youngsters to learn poetry and the kings and queens of England by heart.What does that even mean..?
It would ensure they cover key concepts of maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
But Dr Dunford said: 'To engage the impatient young people of generation Y, something more is needed.
'This means ensuring not so much that young people learn more, but that they become better learners.'