Vive la curriculum revolution!
Plans revealed by David Blunkett in a speech a few days later show the Government seems to be aware that changes are needed in a system which hasn't, in essence, changed for over 100 years.
There is talk of more flexible school hours, and even talk of individual earning plans for children. But there is no action. The national curriculum still stands, with an ever more complex accompanying paraphernalia of standardisation, benchmarks, testing, league tables, success - and failure.
There is an illogicality in these proposed reforms. The much-needed individual learning plans, tailored to the needs of each child, require a "catalogue curriculum" (as described in Meighan's article), not a
monolithic national curriculum.
Green Party Education Working Group