Can't help thinking about piggys words:
"This year's (round 2) English test was loosely based on one of the GCSE tasks in the 2014 AQA eng lang paper
There's an explanation further down the thread about the plus sides of the task. But to me it seems rather sad. And raises so many questions... Where did it all go wrong?
First: What was the necessity to change the "11+" exam to make it a year earlier than it used to be in the old days? - The appropriate time is surely in the name of the exam itself
Second: Why force DCs at this age to do an in-depth analysis of the characters? What do they really know at 10 years - what emotional maturity, experience, level of empathy can they really have? Or is such a high level task a necessary response to the endless tutors "arms race"? How about DCs who have raw natural intelligence but haven't been tutored for 2 years already? (But then I don't believe for one moment that DCs going to super-selective schools haven't been tutored in one form or another by professional tutors or DPs).
Third: Where are all those geniuses at age say 25, 27 once they've finished their selective schools years? Did this system make a big difference to their intellectual and emotional development while they were at school?
Maybe it all seems so strange to me (and maybe just raising these kinds of questions seems strange to you too...) just because I'm a foreigner and my system of education was totally different.
Plus when in Rome do as the Romans do. So we do like the Romans, of course...
But there are some questions.