A Student of History

June 5, 2008

More silliness from the UK

Filed under: The Academy — John Maass @ 5:16 am

Do UK education officials dream up ways of screwing up their schools, or is this purely accidental bullshit?  The Telegraph tells us that a former government advisor argues that “the national curriculum should be more focused on the teaching of skills such as team building, public speaking and problem solving, rather than ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge’ of the world, he believes.”   The “subject approach” favors middle class students, so of course that must be “mean.” 

The expert, Prof (red flag) John White from the Institute of Education of London University, says “distinct lessons in English, maths, history, geography, science and foreign languages have traditionally been used to equip children with the skills needed to become a member of the middle classes. They have become a vehicle for entry to university, but this harmed poor pupils unable to get the top grades, he suggests.”  Duh! 


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