Up real close and 'personalised'

12th January 2007 at 00:00
The prevailing wisdom about diet appears to be moving in the opposite direction to the personalised curriculum. Would it be good to allow children to eat chocolate and chips every day? Of course not. We need a balanced diet. True, children have a preferred learning style but it is unwise for them never to be stretched beyond it.

If they are not the best judges of what sustains them physically, why should we think children are best suited to make pedagogical judgments? Yet it is posited that children "mark" themselves, each other, their teachers.

Is the popular teacher always the best teacher? Personalisation would be possible only with a huge input into staffing. Experience tells me that, even with extra staffing, the initiative will vastly increase workload.

Tomorrow's teacher might as well take a toothbrush to school.

Quentin Deakin

Bingley, West Yorkshire

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