Emily Seeber

Safe in the knowledge?

The knowledge-rich curriculum is an ideal worth fighting for, says Emily Seeber, but it’s being driven off track by selective use of research and a system that is set up to confound its aims

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When my husband moved to this country, he took the new citizenship test. It predominantly comprises questions based on Britain’s history, such as “Who was Anne Boleyn?” and “What is the Bayeux Tapestry?”

While these questions test factual knowledge (and do this well), they don’t test how good you are at surviving in this country. They don’t tell you that it is necessary to book your train tickets in advance (a recent error on his part caused marital tension), the proper way to queue, or the kinds of things that you can get done in the Post Office. And there’s a difference between having the ...

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