Kids are too bright for school
t least 120,000 bright children are effectively going backwards in secondary schools, prompting fresh fears over the way top pupils are taught.
One child in five who was doing well in some core subjects at the end of primary school failed to make any further progress in the first three years of secondary education, according to figures obtained by the Conservatives. Many of the top performing pupils at 11 actually did worse by the age of 14.
But last night the Tories blamed poor results on the continued use of mixed ability classes at many state secondary schools, which they say is dragging bright children down.
In a class of thirty kids you will have six who can't read, in some lessons a TA (Teaching Assistant) will come and sit with them to keep them quiet, six will ignore the lesson, six will struggle to work to please mummy and daddy, six will be average in everything, and six will be the bright kids. One or two of them will push themselves but the others will be bored out of their minds and will have imbued the spirit of mediocrity and failure that is endemic in the teaching profession. If you are lucky they will just vegetate, but idle hands soon get into mischief; your best chance if one of those kids is yours is that they will run the in-school drug cartel and make obscene amounts of tax-free cash to look after you in your pensionless old age.