Class act: principal executive Anthony Seldon, Photo: John Lawrence

Thomas Gradgrind, the notorious school-board superintendent in Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times, is alive and well and running education systems around the world, it has been claimed. That is the view of Sir Anthony Seldon, historian, biographer and vice-chancellor of the UK’s only not-for-profit private university, Buckingham University. Even in the UK, he said, too many schools are adopting the fictional character’s “exams-factory” approach to education and neglecting students’ wellbeing and character development.

– Richard Garner

Source: Sir Anthony Seldon: Historian says test obsession wrecks education | Education News | News | The Independent