What do the words mendacious, jocular, desultory, insouciant and furtive mean to you?

For some it might mean their ex-husbands, but not for us at Chez Us. The words for this week’s spelling test are…



Yep. Seriously.

I put this to Twitter the other night, in the following way:


I received a number of responses, from parents, from those in the teaching profession and from some who’re both, and all seemed rather surprised that these words were in a spelling test for 9 – 10 year olds.

Should we be? Should this be so surprising? Do you think this is too much too soon, or do you think this is about right?

I admit I was surprised, but only because my stepdaughter was asked to spell them yet couldn’t use them in context, nor knew what they meant. Surely it’d be more appropriate for them to know and understand the meanings of the words they’re spelling before they’re asked to learn how to spell them?

We had a teacher at school who would brutalise you publicly if you didn’t know a word he used. ANY word he used. He was however a relentless psychopath.

What do you think of your child’s education? With official assessments of 3 and 4 year olds being introduced in schools from September, is too much being asked of children? Not enough? Is it easier than when you were younger or much tougher? Is the focus in the correct area or do you think it’s all rubbish and you’ve opted to homeschool?

All comments welcome, even if you wish to be anonymous, and if you want to debate the subject here then please remember to respect other’s opinions. This isn’t the Daily Mail comments section.

So, please tell us what YOU think about education, education, education.