MORE and more parents are considering taking their children out of mainstream education so that they can be taught at home, campaigners claimed yesterday. Fears over bullying, classroom indiscipline, falling teaching standards and a lack of support for children with special needs are being blamed for the trend."Falling teaching standards"?
Perish the thought.
But, on the other hand:
EXAM pass rates are up on this time last year, according to figures released last night by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).It's good news for pupils (for the moment) I suppose:
Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, the Tories’ education spokesman, said debate will rage over whether the rising pass rates mean exams are getting easier but added: "All that matters now is that those who passed their exams should be congratulated on their results."But when Lord James - the gentleman of Scottish politics - uses the word "rage" we know that not everyone is so sanguine about the continued "improvement" in pass rates.
At least with Standard Grades the pass rate inflation can't go much higher:
Standard Grade English pass rates rose by 0.1 point to 98.4 per cent, while the Standard Grade maths pass rate stayed at 97.7 per cent.Come on: just pass them all.