Take a wild guess as to what I might be talking about...yes, you got it, sigh...it's another database. This time by way of a bit of variety, it is referred to as a "register" , but I can't for the life of me spot the difference.
This one's apparently all about identifying the most gifted kids in order that may be brought on, and it is possible to see where this idea's coming from. There is, afterall, a huge shortage of pupils taking hard subjects like physics and chemistry. Some cynics seem to think that this is a result of schools encouraging students to take the Mickey Mouse subjects so that their league table results look good, so if you could reliably spot the wunderkind, schools perhaps would dare to do the necessary, and churn out the boffins.
Hmm, from an autonomous educator point of view, it all looks screwy. Aside from thinking that exam results are a very poor way of picking up people who are genuinely good at solving real problems, we wonder why on earth children have to be intruded upon, codified, reduced to a number and implicitly humiliated in this way, when a highly motivated child will just get on with the job of solving the problems he wants to solve without any outside assessment of his intelligence.
But then again, with the demotivating effect that is most schooling, you can again see why this sort of desperate attempt to patch up a problem would be deemed necessary.