Unions said a proposed review of primary and secondary school subjects would render the curriculum unfit for the needs of a modern education system.

They insisted that a renewed focus on detailed subject knowledge was “elitist”

Very strange use of that word there. It\’s elitist to know things now, is it?

10 thoughts on “Strange”

  1. So, your actual *knowledge* fits badly with the ‘modern education (sic) system’ which they have created and are fighting (the rest of us) to perpetuate? Let me see, now. What conclusions about them, their motives and their system follow from that? Ah, yes.

  2. Of course it’s elitist; if kids are expected to concentrate on detailed subject knowledge it will mean only those teachers who actually understand their subjets will be able to teach them. And we all know that teachers who actually know their jobs have to be the products of a privileged education. Well, them and the ones who actually work hard. But working hard is the sign of a bourgeouis desire to get ahead, which is also a sign of the sort of elitist attitudes the trades union movement is dedicated to stamping out.

  3. I suspect there are a significant number of kids for whom the much vaunted core subjects are a challenge, ones that – in this day and age (ill discipline and short attention span) – requires exceptional teachers. And there are only so many of those to go around. The so-called soft subjects, at the very least, keep pupils engaged and off the streets. Maybe the key is identifying an attractive, albeit realistic endgame for individual students (a career, job…), something that encourages kids to recognise the necessity for core subjects and which inspires them to raise their performance. I’ll bet the proposed non-elitist ‘technical’ schools – taking us back to the 1950s – will be hugely successful.

  4. What they said: “…a proposed review of primary and secondary school subjects would render the curriculum unfit for the needs of a modern education system.”

    What they meant: “We’ve arranged the curriculum just how we like it, so no messing with it.”

    What any sane observer would have said: “If the (so-called) modern education system is unable to cope with a reasonable educational curriculum, then it’s the modern education system that’s unfit for the needs of society.”

  5. I am currently in Korea. Try telling a Korean that elitism is a dirty word in the UK and they will simply look at you in blank incomprehension. Here, it’s aspirational.

  6. Great innit..! The ability to read, write and count is now considered suffficient to elevate you to the ranks of the “elite”!

  7. My mate teaches (only PE so I don’t blame him too much) at a school where only 3% got to the new English Baccalaureate rating. And it wasn’t the worse school in the area. One just down the road got o%. And this isn’t in some inner city hell hole either. Solid middle of the road English town.

    The educationalists, in cahoots with Labour, have reduced the education system in this country to a joke.

    Its ironic that the party that was historically the party of the lower classes, and against the privileged wealthy, has created a situation where the poor and the masses are now even more disadvantaged relative to those who can pay for their own education. Far from reducing inequality, they have made it ten times worse!

    Socialists seem to have this insane desire to cut off their own noses to spite their faces.

  8. The ability to read, write and count is now considered suffficient to elevate you to the ranks of the “elite”!

    In 2003, an estimated 75% of the adult population of working age had numeracy skills
    below the level of a good pass at GCSE and 56% had literacy skills below this level. At that
    time, based on data collected in 1996, OECD assessed the United Kingdom as 14th in the
    literacy and numeracy international league tables, with relative levels of illiteracy and
    innumeracy some three times that of the Scandinavian countries. More recent figures are
    not available but, despite improvements in the number of pupils leaving school with
    literacy and numeracy skills, many still complete their formal education without GCSEs in
    English and maths.

    In July 2007, the Government announced a new objective to help 95% of the adult
    population of working age achieve functional literacy and numeracy (the level of skill
    generally needed to get by in life) by 2020. Achieving this ambition would, however, only
    raise England to the standards currently achieved by the top 25% of OECD member
    Public Accounts Committee, January 2009

    It went on to say that there is a relatively low number of “numeracy teachers”.

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