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Date published: 2008/03/24

The BBC says:

UK tests and league tables have made children the unhappiest in the western world, teachers have claimed.

Even nursery-age children were being taught to spell and write in readiness for the tests waiting for them at primary school.

Very young children knew exactly what educational levels they had reached, and many stopped trying because they believed they were "dumb", they said.

Tests and league tables are obnoxious. But to claim they "have made children the unhappiest in the western world" is just plain silly, even if you believe that UK children really are the "unhappiest". Unfortunately both the government and the teachers' trade unions seem less interested in education than in political posturing.

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