"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Monday, February 05, 2007

A Flexible Curriculum

I am very curious to know how our beloved poiticians spend their Sunday afternoons. They obviously don't play golf, go for a healthy walk or even pop down to the local. No, their razor sharp minds ever on the case, they spend their time thinking up startling announcements to hit the headlines the following morning.
Thus it is that this Monday morning, for instance, we hear that philosophy is to be introduced into the Foundation curriculum. Yes, OK, I'm all for improving children's skills at critical thinking.
But not content with that, the secondary curriculum is to get a bit of a heave too. Well, it's about time that lot shared the experience of all the changes we hard-working primary teachers have had to put up with over the last 20 years! (Sorry, YP, only joking - don't get the hazel switch out yet!) So the secondary curriculum is to become more flexible - like the primary curriculum. Sorry, which planet has that particular politician been on? 'Flexible' and 'primary school' ceased to have any connection with each other with the advent of the National Curriculum.
Oh, and cookery will have to be taught, as well as care of the environment, the two world wars and the slave trade, with a little Chinese and/or Arabic thrown in for good measure.
Now, what were we talking about again? Oh yes,

A Flexible Curriculum

So that will be on alternate wet Friday afternoons, right?


3 comments:

  1. A hazel wand can be extremely flexible - so can plasticine, Stretch Armstrong and other bendy toys. Perhaps that is what is meant by a flexible curriculum? Please don't be concerned about me. I am not over-stressed at all just insane! Tom's a cold! I come Graymalkin!

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  2. Ah, just insane.... ofcourse....!

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  3. arabic hey? مالجديد؟
    they should never have phased it out of primary schools in the forst place. It would be great if they bring back these old languages from my day that don't get taught anymore, like chinese and english

    أراك في مابعد

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