Committed to curriculum

1st July 2005 at 01:00
As the organiser and chair of the seminar in question, I was somewhat surprised to read your front-page headline and opening paragraph on June 10 ("Subject revamp may be stifled").

Our contributors were in fact very positively disposed towards, and committed to, the overall rationale and philosophy of A Curriculum for Excellence, although this would not have been immediately apparent to the reader who had to wait until paragraphs 12 and 13 before this was acknowledged.

Our distinguished speakers did indeed share some concerns about the transitional phase from aspirational document to implementation but, far from suggesting that this process may be "stifled", their inputs in fact epitomised the kind of open (and yes, sometimes critical) conversations among professionals and stakeholders that will be essential if those highly welcome aspects of A Curriculum for Excellence are to be translated into meaningful change in Scottish education.

Harry Blee Director, Education for Global Citizenship Unit Faculty of Education Glasgow University

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