Girl pupils need wider horizons
THE article 'Pupil-led learning helps boost results', (Sentinel, September 26) on local primary schools, should arouse disquiet.
In the first place, internal marking seems to be replacing external marking.
This could lead to dubious practices. The world of education has been shaken by one scandal after another. We should not open the door to further abuses.
Secondly, one school has been 'trialling single-sex education classes.' Boys are being inspired to achieve literacy by studying football and Lego, while girls study fashion and vampire fiction.
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This will no doubt put the girls on the right career path – attracting a footballer and becoming a WAG.
What has happened to the spirit of Bend It Like Beckham? It is not much use encouraging girls to take part in engineering and sport if they are to be trained to see them as alien, male fields.
They receive enough pressure from the fashion and vampire fiction industries. They need to have their horizons widened.
Lego, which demands mechanised skill, and a brisk game of football would be much better for girl pupils.