More mist.

More confusion.

So the school end of term report arrived today. Lots of numbers, lots of letters, hardly any words. No individualised teacher comments, each pupil reduced to performance data. As I tried to figure out the metrics and what that means for Hawklad, a thought crossed my mind. The Government doesn’t see individual children, they just see production assets. That’s why the school report now is basically a factory production line quality control card.

They don’t see the children, they just see the greater good. The greater good as seen through the politician’s eyes. Those are not pure eyes, they are not trustworthy eyes in my country.

Surely our children deserve better than this.

31 thoughts on “Factory Line

      1. Isn’t there a classic music rendition of the same thing, something along the lines of ‘tear down the wall’? It goes to show how the process winds its wheels without ever getting anything done — because we’re still in the same ruts!


  1. That is very disappointing. The comments are the most useful part of the report. Do they provide teacher-parenting interviews along with the report cards where you are? We get 20 minutes with the teachers three times a year with the report cards and I find those opportunities very valuable. It’s very sad that your report cards have been reduced to just basic numbers.

    By the way, I hope you’re getting a school holiday break! I find it weird the school cards are coming out the day before New Years Eve! Either way, hope you get some rest and Hawklad too!


    1. As we all hope that these are not our last few {{{click}}} – {{{click}}} – {{{clickety}}} – {{{click}}} as somewhere we don’t wish there to be a high pitched machine leaping into action with all that {{{bibpbipppeeppbeepppppbeeeppeepppiipeeppbeepfffffffshhhhhfffffshhhhh}}}
      then ~ ~ ~ [SILENCE] ~ ~ ~ as all the other computers are activated into life ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـ ﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـ ﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـ ﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـﮩﮩ٨ـ ﮩ٨ـﮩ
      How about that bit of sci fi first thing in the morning before work? Now to register my [Negative] clear of covid lateral flow test for the day. Oh the days we all are living in and how we have to glean a bit of humour where we can. So, without further a do: How many letters are there in the Christmas alphabet? Apparently it’s twenty five because there’s Noel.


    1. Oh oh oh BABASP send in a beaming report as the “Teacher at home” has that privilege in my eyes. Something adding things along the lines of: “Has coped with the lack of school input to the best of anyone’s ability. Sent in all the things asked for and done really well considering the current pandemic and isolation. I can report that he has excellent history recall of British peoples timeline and an intelligent quick wit.”

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  2. That is about what I expect from your politicised school system. Why do they bother putting names on them (if they do)? What Pink Floyd said in the 70s! Another brick in the wall.
    If England (Great Britain) does not vote your assholesout next election, you gotta go somewhere else (other than the USA!). Hawklad will end up a dustman, or a ditch digger. Nothing wrong with those professions if you want them, but I think Hawklad is destined for better things.


  3. It’s happening the world over. All about the numbers.
    We might not be able to change the higher-ups who have brought this down on us but I believe we can manage this by the way we raise our children to look at the numbers. Here, we tell our kids the numbers are important in a way but that they far from complete the picture, and that what completes the picture are things the world has little real value for such as humility, having a forgiving heart, empathy and compassion for the poor and the suffering. There’s no point having marks that go through the roof if you’re falling short everywhere else.


  4. Yes, it’s all about quotas and “the bottom line” which is bad enough in industry but children cannot be treated as numbers. What sort of society does the government think they will create? May a big wind arrive in 2022 to blow those fools far away.


  5. If I had the resources and a network of like-minded educator types, I’d start a school that gave kids pod-type learning, where they could learn the “essentials” (math, reading, etc) but embedded in a pod where they could explore what it would be like to follow their interests and see if they like it as a life choice(s)…like art or music or marine biology…anything they want!


  6. No-one is seen as an individual anymore . Tick lists and databases, figures to be manipulated to suit the agenda of those too blind to see, or who simply don’t want to.
    Happy New Year to you and Hawklad Gary,


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