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 kept track of as many of these proposals as we could throughout 2018 – and we made a short summary of our findings: Clogging up the Classroom – the jostle for curriculum content.
We are now doing the same thing for 2019. Will the list be even bigger than before? We currently have 114 entries: