Assessment and the curriculum
Today we see that the Association for Science Education Scotland believes that "the high stakes examination system acts as the single greatest impediment to progress, change and innovation in teaching and learning"
(page five). A move away from a factually based curriculum that is easily assessed to a curriculum that prompts young people to enquire about the "big ideas" of science will mean a seismic shift in teaching practice.
Elsewhere, (page six) we see evidence that the expressive arts lack currency in the school curriculum because they are more difficult to measure than other subjects.
If A Curriculum for Excellence is to achieve its stated aims of producing successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors, then society at large, not just the education community, will have to adjust its set of values regarding what is considered worthy and what is not.