Odd to see this in The Guardian but welcome all the same:
There is now a torrent of evidence emerging that Britain\’s rigid, centralised approach to teaching has utterly failed in what it set out to do. It has not raised achievement, enthused pupils, narrowed the gaps between rich and poor, or given children the skills they need to make the most of their working and private lives. International surveys, small-scale studies of classroom practice, and the reports of the government\’s own agencies are all leading to the same conclusion: that real learning has been fatally abandoned for the sake of some very minor improvements in test results. Teachers are so preoccupied with telling pupils the answers they need for their exams that they can rarely respond to children\’s curiosity, arouse their interest, or find out what they think.
So what is needed is the abolition of that rigid and centralised approach.
Allow each school to conduct itself as it sees fit: to teach using whatever method they themselves prefer.
Slap that voucher on the back of every snot nose and let the market sort it out.
What\’s not to like?