on 28 February 2013
Kenneth Baker has outlined a vigorous yet highly practical vision to change Britain's school system, placing the young person and his/her ambitions, interests and abilities at the heart of provision in future. His first revolution, as Secretary of State for Education, was to create a National Curriculum ..... designed not just to harmonize teaching content but to bring new thinking to the table on the aims of subject teaching and a stronger measure of accountability. Unfortunately, accountability has ultimately, at the hands of others, resulted in the over-testing of students and the over-empowerment of regulating bodies. Current policies, while identifying problems arising, offer only more of the same for state-controlled schools, while pushing so-called "free" schools, on a kind of wing and a prayer, for a hoped for more successful outcome. Mr Baker, and a range of expert co-contributors, offer a vastly more coherent vision which would bring "education" as opposed to "politics" back to the heart of the education system, as we and future generations face the difficult challenges of the 21st Century. Highly recommended!
on 7 March 2013
We're all supposed to hate Baker, those of who work in education. But now we have Michael Gove who, besides looking and acting like Mister Meddle from the Enid Bylton books, just has no ideas about education other than trying to turn everything into a replica of the 1950s private boarding school that he attended.
So maybe he should read this. Mr Baker and his contributors speak a lot of sense. Not all of it - and the Tory ideology of the 1980s still rings through (sometimes a little uncomfortably so). But a lot of it is good and could be put into practice.