8 Jul '14

News Are the 'forces of conservatism' in retreat over education? | Fiona Millar

Even some on the right are now questioning the wisdom of market forces within schools and Gove's support for a narrow curriculumIt is the end of term so I am going to suggest a question for gentle reflection over the summer holidays. Are the "forces of conservatism" in education finally on the wane? I know that sounds odd, as thousands of heads and teachers contemplate the next torrent of changes they must implement. But consider the two fundamental pillars of this particular reform movement. The first is a belief that "market forces" can ensure every school will be good and give parents choice.The second is that drilling children in a narrow range of subjects with a view to passing an equally narrow range of assessment tests constitutes a good education. Continue reading...

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