'Championing the rights of children'

Academics attack Gove's 'mountain of data' curriculum

Garry Thu 21 Mar 2013 08:43

A group of academics has attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove's new national curriculum as "endless lists of spellings, facts and rules".

In a letter published in the Independent newspaper, 100 experts said the new curriculum in England would "severely erode educational standards".

The group said it was "narrow" and did not develop pupils' ability to think.

The Department for Education said it was based on "careful analysis" of the world's most successful school systems.

The criticism of Mr Gove's policy comes two days after two teaching unions announced a series of strikes in a row over, pay, pensions and workload.

Schools across the country are likely to be affected by the rolling programme of walkouts by members of the the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, along with a national strike before Christmas.

'Demands too much'
The signatories of the curriculum letter, which include professors from Nottingham Trent, Leeds Metropolitan, Oxford and Bristol universities, said children would have to learn mountains of detail for English, maths and science without understanding it.

They also said the curriculum changes betrayed a serious distrust in teachers.

Read more ... (BBC News - 20 March)