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Stupid stupid stupid "table" of results

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by autoq, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. autoq

    autoq New commenter


    Oh and an idiots tagline of
    "The performance levels of pupils across the country have been graded based on the percentage of schoolkids gaining five or more highers"

    Whoever thinks that the of ranking schools in order of "5 Highers" is in any way useful and/or meandingful and/or helpful and/or indicative of teaching standards and/or indicative of what pupils are achieving on a personal basis and /or indicative of what makes a "good school", are staggeringly deluded.
    I guess it should be expected from the thorough academic strength of the publication . I wonder how many people in the "top 10" schools actually read it though..... :rolleyes:

    Seriously, shouldn't someone in government actually STOP this sort of judgemental , finger-pointing sort of information from being printed. Or at least educate (LOL) those who want to print it, on the silliness of it. It is in no way helpful to ANYONE.
    What would be interesting would be if you were to show the same table in reverse order AND also show a Map of Scotland with the school catchment areas and according SIMD data superimposed on it. This would essentially be a map of where decades of Westminster and Holyrood governments have failed entire communities.
    Then the headline should surely be graph of how badly (and unfairly) run our country is.
    Both Britain and Scotland.

    Is three "stupids" too much for the title ?
    FormosaRed and Marisha like this.
  2. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Lead commenter

    Unfortunately the data is collected and readily-available. A more thorough analysis of the data may tell us things we don't know, llke, eg, Jordanhill may be underperforming, Lochend may be punching above its weight. Any sort of useful analysis ain't gonna happen.

    Your average Sun reader doesn't understand negative numbers so keeping things nice and simple for them is actually a good editorial decision!
  3. BillyBobJoe

    BillyBobJoe Lead commenter

    They're also counting all qualifications at "SCQF level [sic]" as equivalent to Higher. This would be a doddle to game if these tables gained currency.

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