Unfortunately, the fact that all politicians have received an education of sorts and can spout such nonsense as former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s “we’ve heard enough from experts!” makes for a paucity of national aspiration in the education of young people.
Coupled with the fact that terms of political office usually span four or five years which encourages short-term ‘easy’ fixes and the effect that young people, and indeed the future economy is being short-changed in the level of aspiration and ambition we introduce through schools.
We end up with a fossilised curriculum of redundant knowledge. The focus on learning information, in an age when information is expanding exponentially, is futile. The lowest common denominator of political thought, the idea of getting ‘back to basics’ means that all learning is dominated by basic literacy and numeracy development.
Subsequently, there is no agency for young people to explore, develop creativity or independent learning skills.
We urgently need a comprehensive national debate to remediate this abysmal situation.
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