How often do you hear the phrase "Schools should teach..." in the media?
We've noticed that barely a week goes by without a well-meaning person or organisation insisting that something else is added to the curriculum, often without any consideration as to how it could be fitted into an already-squeezed school day. Obviously the curriculum needs to be updated and improved upon over time, and some of the topics proposed are incredibly important. However, there are only so many hours in the school week, and we believe that teachers and schools are the ones best placed to decide what their students need to know, and not have loads of additional things forced on them by government because of lobbying by others.
With all this in mind, we've decided to keep track of any such calls. Below is a list of articles we've found since the start of 2018 where people or organisations have suggested schools should teach or do something new. (If we've missed any, do let us know.)
So far this year we count 22 suggestions for what schools should do with pupils:
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