This Spag test was recommended with hardly a footnote of evidence and on a false premise – namely that spelling, punctuation and grammar questions have right and wrong answers.
This chin-stroking touchy-feely approach to teaching is the reason so many kids have no idea about possessive apostrophes or homonyms or of any of the other building blocks of grammar and punctuation.
And also why they ‘write’ essays that are in street lingo and wonder why they can’t get jobs.
… in a recent speech at the British Educational and Training Show, you first boasted about the academies programme your coterie has imposed on the English education system – a programme that has cost millions but cannot show that, of itself, it improves schools.
Yeah, there’s a hell of a lot of that going around, eh, Michael?