When I joined in with twitter’s educational world a couple of years ago I was struck by how much discussion there was on the role of knowledge in the curriculum. We were still feeling the reverberations of Gove’s reforms to the national curriculum and the new GCSEs were being prepared ready for teaching. Whilst there were many voices saying that they welcomed this move to a more rigorous and knowledge focused curriculum there were many dissenting voices.
Their arguments tended to fall into a few broad and overlapping points.
- It was a backwards step. We had moved beyond this way of looking at education.
- This form of education wasn’t needed for the 21st century. We needed to focus on the skills that employers wanted. Not knowledge.
- It was actually harmful and Gradgrindian. Dictating what kids learnt like this was a form of abuse.
What I find interesting is that over…
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