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Corruption of the Curriculum Paperback – 11 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas; 1st Edition edition (11 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903386594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903386590
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A devastating study by the think tank Civitas shows that it is
possible to leave school with almost no knowledge of English literature and
only the merest acquaintance with British history. -- Leader column, Daily Telegraph, June 11th

Education today is a form of child abuse - Yesterday's report on
British education from the independent think-tank Civitas represents a
dispatch from the battlefield describing a national catastrophe. It is no
surprise that pupils learn so little because so much curriculum time has
been hijacked for the peddling of propaganda about racism, gender
awareness, environmentalism and suchlike. -- Max Hastings, Daily Mail, June 12th

If I'd sat down and written a spoof exam paper which used the
speeches of Osama Bin Laden as a basis for a history lesson, plenty of you
would have written to me and said: 'I think you've gone a bit far this
time, Rich.' But this is exactly what's happening in Britain's schools. -- Richard Littlejohn, Daly Mail, June 12th

The school curriculum has been "hijacked" to promote fashionable
causes, such as gender awareness, with too little focus on the acquisition
of knowledge, a report suggests (Alexandra Frean writes). Instead of giving
pupils a factual grounding, teachers are expected to help to achieve
government goals, according to the right-of-centre think-tank Civitas. -- The Times, June 12th

`Learning `ruined by political meddling' in schools. In history,
pupils use bin Laden speeches. In science, debates on abortion replace lab
work. The Curriculum in state schools has been stripped of its content and
corrupted by political interference, according to a damning report today by
an influential independent think-tank. It warns of an educational apartheid
opening up between the experience of pupils in the state sector and those
at independent schools.' -- Front Page, Daily Telegraph, June 11th


The authors of this book examine the British National Curriculum from several different perspectives and concentrate on various subject areas. The uniting theme between these essays is the argument that the subjects in the school curriculum used to be regarded as discrete areas of knowledge which would be imparted to pupils by teachers motivated by a love of learning, but that this has not been enough for recent governments who see schools as a means of promoting social and political goals that may or may not relate to traditional academic disciplines.The contributors to this book argue that we need to return to the traditional view of education as a means of transmitting a body of knowledge from one generation to the next, and that academic rigour and respect for the professionalism of teachers should take precedence over political manipulation of the curriculum.

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