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Learning can be fun; COMMENT.

MUCH emphasis has been put on recorded achievement in schools.

Pupils are gauged throughout their education and schools are expected to come up to the required standards.

Nothing wrong in that theory, but Dame Mary MacDonald believes the pure academic approach has gone too far.

Dame Mary knows a thing or two about getting the best out of children; she was granted her title in recognition of her educational expertise.

Now she is vowing to put the fun back in the classroom as an antidote to league tables and a curriculum which she believes puts too much pressure on children.

Achieving recorded standards which provide a measurable guideline for parents is a vital tool in ensuring the best possible education for all pupils.

But Dame Mary has a point about the fun aspect. It follows that a happy environment encourages pupils to better themselves.

If Dame Mary can follow her laudable previous achievements by combining fun and achievement, she really will be a force to be reckoned with.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2007
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