Thursday, July 16, 2009

Is it too early to acknowledge the timely 'death' of the targets culture?

With the Daily Telegraph on the case perhaps it is not!

'Why were targets introduced? The Government [UK, Labour] would have you believe it was to drive up standards; but in reality they were a means of showing that Labour "cared". They were a political device. Whenever ministers were challenged about high levels of offending or poor levels of literacy they could say: "But we have a target to reduce it/increase it/scrap it, so we must be good." Targets were ostensibly introduced to hold the Government to account, but were used as a means of deflecting criticism.'

What about in Australia though?