Mary Bousted

Knowledge is not enough

Academic learning is important, but students must also be equipped with the skills they will need for a successful adult life, argues Mary Bousted

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I gave a speech at the recent Bryanston Education Summit asking the question: what should schools teach – knowledge or skills?

My conclusion was clear. Schools should teach knowledge and develop pupils’ skills. Knowledge acquisition and skills development should be planned for and assessed. Knowledge and skills are, indeed, interdependent. Skills need a context in which they can be fostered and developed. In schools, this context is the curriculum, built, in English schools, upon a subject knowledge base.

Just writing this will, I realise, provoke the wrath of some who ardently believe that ...

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