As if to illustrate the fact that there is a greater-than-ever need to develop a media literacy in our young people today, the media have excelled themselves this week in presenting the curriculum review in Scotland as a revolutionary act aimed at undermining the establishment and bringing down the country. The TES started the ball rolling last Friday with a depressing call from some headteachers, justifying their resistance to change, telling us that there are some young people who are just not able to fit the curriculum and who should be allowed to leave school as soon as we can make it convenient for them to do so. Glasgow’s Herald Society picked up the theme on Tuesday, lining up a number of familiar faces to tell us that any attempts to make the curriculum more inclusive and learner-centred were doomed to failure, while Newsnight Scotland on the same day was only too happy to reinforce the message of doom and gloom by inviting Edinburgh University’s Professor Lindsay Paterson, “one of Scotland’s foremost education experts”, to tell us what a mess we are in. It’s worth repeating verbatim some of Professor Lindsay’s unopposed attack on Curriculum for Excellence:-
“There’s a lot of change being proposed, but what is completely absent is any sense of a unifying educational philosophy. There is no sense at all that somebody has stood back and asked, What is education for? What do we want education in Scotland to do for us over the next two or three decades? And then, working back from these big goals, what would be the best curriculum and assessment that might reach these aims.”
Which is………er…………precisely what has been happening over the past four or five years! Am I missing something?