John White drew attention to the debate on what knowledge is most important: knowledge of the Wars of the Roses or knowledge of how to manage one's money and health? He also suggested a Tory government might return us to the rigidities of the 1988 curriculum.
Those of us who have lived through the past 40 years of educational policy change have seen, on a cyclical basis, how a purist approach to a canon of knowledge can alienate many young learners. Throughout much of that period, Asdan has worked with teachers to provide qualifications aimed at bridging the gap. We look forward to a time when policymakers recognise the need to provide a balance of knowledge and skills, which embraces the traditional canon and the needs of 21st-century employees.
Marius Frank, Chief executive designate, Roger White Chief executive, and Bob Wolfson Chair of trustees, all at Asdan.