You might be interested in Gove’s response to my criticism of the new NC proposals, sent via my local MP. He says that in recent years ” the national curriculum has prescribed the teaching of inessential material and generic skills at the expense of rigorous subject knowledge”. There: that’s told you. Now you know what you’ve been doing all these years! he then goes on to explain what his curriculum will do, studiously ignoring every single point I made. In other words, this was just a standard letter which attempts , very feebly, to defend his proposals. It really is extremely infuriating to attempt a dialogue which someone profoundly deaf to alternative views, and one who lives in a made-up world where history teachers are just wasting pupils’ time.
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