You know your curriculum is in trouble when even poets are taking up pens against it… Here poet and author Michael Rosen deplores the direction of the reductionist school curriculum.
Data led schooling is an expression of the reductionist philosophy of the right wing. They adopt a ‘managerial’ approach to public services like education and healthcare which sees them as no more than any other industrial process in which the objective is to reduce the inputs and maximise the outputs.
This leads to a fetish for data… and the underlying belief that only the measurable is of value, and only the examinable is to be valued.
Nothing more epitomises the exodus of teachers from the profession than such reductionist thinking. A school characterised by data collection, rather than learning will always fail children.