Monday, March 13, 2006

School prizes for 5 year olds?

Parents at a school for 5-7 year olds in Newtown, Sydney have demanded the scrapping of merit-based end of year school awards.

Deputy director-general of schools in the NSW Education Department, Trevor Fletcher said the Government supported the presentation of awards in schools as a means of celebrating individual achievements. "In Australia, for too long we have suffered from the tall-poppy syndrome and we have shied away from recognising excellence whether in academic or sporting areas".

How refreshing but totally different to the desperate Local Education Authorities in the U.K.