Double Dip Dose of Failure

This post from Kristian really hit me as an educator.

I have taught from foundation stage to sixth form and find the concept of assessment and pressure of failure to sadly be a common theme across all key stages. It amazes me that we put so much pressure on our young people to constantly feel that they need to be successful in everything they do. Having young two boys myself, I am forever conscious that they do not feel in competition and reflect upon how different all children and young people are.

It brought up two questions for me:

  1. Should we allow resits in anything?
  2. Why do we have to make everyone good at everything, surely we all have our specialty areas and thats what makes us unique?

It would be great to know your thoughts as well,

I hope you enjoy this short post as much as I did, if you would like to read more from Kristian, he regularly posts on his website on a range of different educational areas.

By Kristian Still

Somewhere in the middle of March I snipped this comment. 

ASCL said that over a third of pupils failing to hit this standard means society must “surely question a system which sends out such a negative message to so many young people”.

Geoff Barton goes on to ask “Why do we insist in rubbing their noses in disappointment?” and cautioned against “the grind of compulsory resits.”

That is fair comment. But it is, I believe, more damning and damaging than that.

Resits: Achievement rates among these groups are much lower than those for 16-year-olds (of course it will be): in the case of English language, 34.2% versus 69.6%, and for maths, 23.7% versus 70.1%, when considering achievement of a grade 4 or above.

I believe that I am correct in arguing that, of the 30% that failed to achieve a grade 4 first time around, only 1:4 pass a resit. That is a double dip dose of failure. That is rubbing their noses in disappointment.