Monday, June 25, 2007

Trendy wankers continue to fuck up schools

Via The Englishman, I find this piece of trendy wank-tossery: what the fuck are these lunatics thinking?
STATE secondary schools are being told to ditch lessons in academic subjects and replace them with month-long projects on themes such as global warming.

The pressure to scrap the traditional timetable in favour of cross-curricular topics is coming from the government’s teaching advisers, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
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Mick Waters, the QCA’s curriculum director, believes the changes will help spur enthusiasm and cut truancy. He said: “The challenge for schools is to create a nourishing and appetising feast that will sustain learners and meet their needs.

Er, no, Mick; y'see, you've fundamentally misunderstood what this teaching lark is all about. Your job is to ensure that people come out of school being able to read and fucking write as an absolute minimum.

Ideally, they would also have at least one qualification too, rather than having about a quarter of children leaving school with absolutely less than fuck-all.

But what is the real agenda here, eh?
“The idea [of the new timetable] is to offer less prescription and more opportunity to interpret the curriculum. Cutting across all subjects are curriculum dimensions; a set of themes including creativity, cultural understanding and diversity.”

Oh, here we fucking go...

9 comments:

Mr Eugenides said...

This, via Shuggy, rather sums it up.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Shuggy's link, that is a wind up? Yes, I know that this is what A-levels will look like in a few years' time, but not now, surely?

Roger Thornhill said...

I found the version with "track changes" enabled, posted here.

The Secretary said...

That just about sums up the teaching 'profession' for you. Go to school, go to Uni, leave Uni, go back to school. No time in the 'real' world therefore no common sense.

JuliaM said...

"He said: “The challenge for schools is to create a nourishing and appetising feast...."

Ah, I see where he's going wrong. He's picked up the mission statement for restaurants by mistake...

Mark Wadsworth said...

Check out the track changes version that Roger has posted.

lahgbr said...

I'm seriously beginning to think that the only appropriate response to what is happening in and to this country at the moment is some form of active rebellion. Or do we just sit and watch while everything that we value - and indeed probably the majority of people value if they had the wit to stop and consider it - is steadily undermined, dismantled and destroyed by a minority of devious left-wingers? In the case of schools of course those that can afford it get their into proper (ie., independent) schools - but what of those who can't afford it? There have been interesting developments in Africa and elsewhere where their state school systems have been trashed even more comprehensively than here - there are a lot of quite cheap but good private schools springing up which provide decent education. Why should we not do the same here? What we need is a new private schools movement in the UK - clearly our state system is beyond hope, and any foreseeable future government will do nothing real to change that -specially Dave and pals, who have speciifally rejected the obvious solution of returning to selective education based on a proper academic syllabus instead of the 'pc', 'multicultural', 'child-centred' bollocks which is the standard line iculcated now at all teacher training colleges.
As for the other major issues - not least our relations with the EU - rebellion may have to take a more serious and extreme form, in the long run. It's happened before in Britain, though not for a long time - why not again? The alternative, I suppose, would be emigration - only I feel a bit old for that now.
Mr. HUGHES

Henry North London said...

“The challenge for schools is to create a nourishing and appetising feast that will sustain learners and meet their needs.

Who writes this shit? I thought only pathologists were obsessed by food analogies

Fidothedog said...

"Cutting across all subjects are curriculum dimensions; a set of themes including creativity, cultural understanding and diversity.” - Oh right, glad that has been cleared up.