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Outside the tower at lunchtime I was passed by a group of school children. Most of them seemed to have various badges sewn onto their blazers saying things like "Academic", "The Arts", "Music", etc. I'm guessing this must be some variation on the scouts badge idea. I've never heard of schools doing this before.

Not sure how good an idea badges like that are in general though. Although, yes, they probably do act as an encouragement for many children to do the activities associated with them, they do seem to promote their use as a social scale (i.e. more badges is better).

Then there's the question of when do you award a particular badge. If you decide you need a achieving a certain performance in that particular area for that badge then surely you risk disaffecting the lower achievers. If you decide on a more varying scale depending on personal ability then you risk making the badges look meaningless.

At least with the scouts there is enough variety that you can cater to an individual's strengths. However, I'm still not convinced by them.


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7th Mar, 2008 20:52 (UTC)
They're "colours" - my old school had them. Usually they'd only be awarded to people in fourth year and above, and you'd get them for sports, or sometimes for music. There were only about twenty in total awarded each year. And you could only have one at a time, so if you were crazy enough to get awarded two, you had to choose which one to get put on your blazer.
9th Mar, 2008 23:19 (UTC)
This school was obviously giving them for all sorts of things as there was definitely "Academic", "The Arts" and "Music" as well as a few others there.

Many of the students had more than one, so there was obviously no "one at a time" limit for this school.
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