Thursday, April 30, 2009

Education Experts

The education system once seemed to function fine (I went to a primary school in a pretty rough area but went on to grammar school and then university for example- as did many of my classmates)- but years of trying to "improve" things has left it a mess.

I now have two daughters at Primary school, separated by a couple of years. When the eldest was in P1 she was taught reading from the word go, with spellings and reading homework each night. Just a few years later and the younger one is only now- halfway through her first year- beginning to come home with reading homework. Why, you ask? Well, the new government-mandated curriculum means that the children are now forbidden from having homework books and their lessons are to include more play and more focus on "being a good friend".

Some improvement, eh?

Well, it seems that the empty-headed morons in charge of education aren't finished with trying to ruin what used to be a rather good education system.

Ministers will unveil a blueprint for a primary curriculum, which will require pupils as young as five to study blogging and Google Earth, as well as mastering search engines and writing emails.

At the same time, traditional subjects such as history and geography will be cut back in favour of lessons based around themes and social causes, including healthy eating and 'well-being'.

It's like something out of The Onion, isn't it? It's actually worse than it sounds-

In English, youngsters will be taught how to 'skim, scan and use key word searching and other features of texts to locate and select information' and use webcams, podcasts and video.

Literature will be defined more widely to include websites and emails, while pupils will be taught to 'adjust what they say where communication is facilitated by technology'.

These morons...sorry experts are worried that kids with a poor grounding in IT skills will fare badly out in the real world. Doesn't seem to have occurred to them that kids won't fare any better if they can't read or write properly either.

But last night the Conservatives voiced deep concerns about the plans, which have been called 'an assault on knowledge' by critics.

They published an analysis of official figures showing more than three million children have left primary school without a proper grounding in the basics since Labour came to power in 1997. Last year alone, almost 230,000 did not achieve the standard.

No doubt, some of Labour's education experts will be confounded by how removing reading and homework from schools has led to a reduction in basic knowledge.

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