Sunday 20 October 2013
Idiocy: DfE rules on how you will use letters to emphasize
According to Shane Thatcher (facebook friend) the DfE have told headteachers that in the Yr 6 SPaG test (spelling, punctuation and grammar) , candidates will be penalised for using capital letters for emphasis. This is the lunacy of linking 'high-stakes testing' (ie central government testing) with matters concerning the use of language.
The high-stakes testing demands false over-simplified, non-negotiated, right/wrong answers to things that need discussion and debate and looking at 'variants' and how variants arose and go on arising.