Letter: Hard choices at 11

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From Mr Roland Anderson

Sir: Nobody has yet come up with a convincing reason why children should be tested. How does testing help to raise academic standards? And why do we have this fetish about academic standards at the incredibly young age of 11? Our 11-year-olds at Summerhill have always spent their time as they pleased, and their lives haven't been wrecked.

Yours faithfully,

Roland Anderson

Head of Humanities

Summerhill School

Leiston, Suffolk