Balance facts and creativity carefully

10th May 2013 at 01:00

I - in common, I imagine, with many teachers - have been sceptical of UK education secretary Michael Gove's reforms and impending new curriculum. I have considered the shift to more facts to be a retreat from the kind of education that creates ideas and inspires the question "why?". However, I do feel that a balance of facts that lead on to learning would be a way forward. What Mr Gove has done is to make the education sector think about what it is doing. Warren Bennis in On Becoming a Leader reminds us that inspiration comes from a dialogue between curiosity and knowledge leading to understanding. In other words, a balance of facts and creativity creates education. We need to start thinking what could be and not accept what is. Mr Gove has at least forced us do this.

Daniel Banks, Teacher, Cornwall.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now