School Curriculum -Stop Meddling Politicians

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his BBC News article about the ‘Pub Quiz’ school curriculum is spot on. Pumping useless facts into kids is not the way to go. Showing them potential careers and jobs will inspire them to achieve at school, not actively making lessons more boring.

I don’t want this blog to turn into constant Michael Gove bashing, but we can’t let him continue on a path of making school irrelevant and tedious (for kids and teachers!).

The curriculum needs to be brought to life by bringing employers and specialists into schools not by introducing yet another raft of pointless targets and inspections. Enough already.

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Literacy and Numeracy in schools – Michael Gove

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Michael Gove makes some good points about raising Literacy and Numeracy standards in schools. It won’t hurt to push the kids a bit harder on these subjects but we can’t have schools turned into sausage factories of kids learning stuff they won’t need in future.

Back in the Fifties we needed to teach young people to go into factories or administration jobs. The new world economy demands a lot more creativity and self-starters. I don’t see why the two things can’t go hand in hand. Showing kids visions of the future and making them see for themselves the need for world class reading, writing and maths skills is going to have a greater effect than yet another raft of targets and inspection rules that just result in demoralising the teaching profession.

What is going to make our political leaders create an education system fit for it’s purpose?