Mark Lehain

Knowledge-rich teaching brings us all together

A curriculum drawn up by teachers and community leaders can enable subjects to mesh and empower students later in life, writes Mark Lehain

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Amanda Spielman wants one. Michael Gove created one. And teachers are beginning to understand why we need one.

The fight for a “knowledge-rich curriculum” has arguably been won. But there’s a problem: does anyone really know exactly what one is?

The phrase is bandied about so much these days that there’s a risk it becomes misapplied in the same way that “mindset” and “mastery” have been before it.

Let’s be clear: we all teach kids knowledge already. In his latest book, ED Hirsch – who coined the phrase – says that he’s begun to use “communal knowledge” instead, because it better captures ...

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