Freedom and choice of education is one of the things that the United Kingdom prides itself on.
With outstanding universities ranking top in the world to high standard secondary schools that give opportunities to every person, regardless of race, wealth or social standing. Education is a fundamental right, that every child must be entitled to a high standard of education. Corbyn, in 2016 directly attempted to snatch this right away from our generation, the youth of the United Kingdom, and the future of this great country.
As someone who moved from Africa to the UK at the age of 6, going to a grammar school has probably been one of the best, not to mention free opportunities I was given. With the scrapping of standardised tests at age 11, this risks a reversal of society and progression of education policy back to the 90s. The reasoning these proposals is to “decrease stress on students”, but how does this prepare them for life?
Do exams not teach time management, working under pressure, learning which method is best for you whilst regularly testing your intelligence? The fact that we are not at the same level as one another, especially in schools, isn’t something that should be shunned or hidden through the abolishment of SATs. The rest of the world has realised that there must be some sort of examination involved, at every stage of education at least in order to not only track progress, but also reward hard work.
A reversal of policy that will push us back into the 90s simply doesn’t make sense, this was before league tables, in a time where over 50% of students didn’t have the necessary skills in English or maths before leaving school. Through bringing in OFSTED results and testing, schools were put under pressure, but why is this a bad thing? Like any organisation, standards must be improved, and scrapping tests is merely not the right way to keep up with the rest of the world in improving and preparing our children, and their children for what awaits them outside the bubble of school.
Scrapping baseline tests in schools is like removing scales at a gym. Why should students not work hard? Of course, talents outside STEM and traditional subjects must be recognised in order to help every student flourish, but instead of placing every student to the same level, are we not lowering the average as a whole and normalising a relaxed attitude towards school? This dangerous attitude that Corbyn plans to implement if he gets his foot into number 10 will be atrocious for the country as a whole, especially the generations to come.
Not only will this be undoing decades of vital legislation, but will also pave the way to a less skilled workforce, moving the whole country backwards.