A curriculum in tension

Filling the pail


I have been clear that the choice of teaching methods should not be a political one. The ideologies underpinning different approaches do not line up easily with the political left and the political right . In fact, we should be choosing the objectives we want to reach and simply asking ‘what’s the most reliable way to get there?’.

Similarly, I do not see the choice between a knowledge-lite, skills-based curriculum and a knowledge-rich curriculum as a political issue. The choice arises from the same sets of ideologies as the choice about teaching methods and broadly the same set of arguments apply. If we can agree, for instance, that we want to educate students who are able to economically and critically engage in the life of a democracy, then we can evaluate these two types of curriculum on that basis; which one best delivers the goods? From my reading of cognitive…

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