Stop setting your sights on Singapore

28th January 2011 at 00:00

The Sabre-Tooth Curriculum by Harold Benjamin should certainly be on Michael Gove's reading list. Will the national curriculum review's advisory committee be justifying the equivalent of catching fish with bare hands, clubbing woolly horses and frightening away sabre-tooth tigers with fire, just as the "wise" men did in Benjamin's satire, even when these skills had become redundant?

In his speech to launch the curriculum review, Gove made reference to the rigorous academic education of Mark Zuckerburg, founder of Facebook. Somehow Gove failed to point out the slightly more relevant information that Mr Zuckerburg's father taught him computer programming at a very young age and that he had a software developer as a private tutor. It was not curriculum that provided the springboard and inspiration for his success.

I fear a national curriculum based on the outdated model of elite universities will not benefit most of today's young people and will become Gove's very own sabre-tooth curriculum.

Clive Bolton, Education consultant, Hove, East Sussex.

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