This is an interesting post. I'm not sure you quite understand the purpose or the process of the target cards. They're not evidence of progress for the parents' benefit, rather a way for teachers and children to discuss their progress and review their learning. Talking is an essential part of this process. The children get together and discuss their work with each other and their teachers. This helps them to become aware of what they are learning and why, along with what the next steps should be. I don't understand. How would you propose to assess the children's developing learning? Again, from a teaching point of view, there needs to be some sort of tracking of the skills development, of what has been learned and what is next to come. This underpins the entire teaching process. We do this too. This incident seems to have had a profound effect on your attitude towards teachers. Don't judge us all by the events of one meeting. Incidentally, was this primary or secondary? Just curious.