Children will be instructed to learn poetry by heart and recite the kings and queens of England, in a return to a “traditionalist” education planned by the Conservatives. Ok I don't have a problem with students learing "some things" off by heart, but is this the beginning and end of how History should be taught?
The historians Simon Schama, Andrew Roberts and Simon Sebag Montefiore will be invited to write the history section. Why?
History should be taught “in order — it’s a narrative,” Mr Gove said. Lessons should celebrate rather than denigrate Britain’s role through the ages, including the Empire. “Guilt about Britain’s past is misplaced. No I'm getting really annoyed.
“I’m an unashamed traditionalist when it comes to the curriculum,” Mr Gove said. “Most parents would rather their children had a traditional education, with children sitting in rows, learning the kings and queens of England, the great works of literature, proper mental arithmetic, algebra by the age of 11, modern foreign languages. That’s the best training of the mind and that’s how children will be able to compete.”
No No No and No again. This will NOT equip our students for the future, its a HUGE step backwards. Surely he doesn't mean this. Sitting in rows, learning things off by heart and studying the GREAT British Empire. OMG
Edited by Dom_Giles, 06 March 2010 - 03:33 PM.