Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Editorial - in Good Times and Bad, You're in It Together: Opinion

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Editorial - in Good Times and Bad, You're in It Together: Opinion

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It seems a tad contrarian at Christmas to use a phrase most closely associated with that old atheist Leon Trotsky, but 2013 can perhaps be best understood through the communist cliche of "permanent revolution".

It is another cliche - this time of a journalistic kind - to talk about a year in review as a "roller coaster". But look around you and around the wider educational world: what you see is a profession and a sector where both statements have been true.

Teachers and school leaders are fed up with the constant reform coming courtesy of a coterie of politicians, educationalists and so-called educational thinkers around the globe. It wouldn't really matter which of the four winds you chose to follow, you'd still find curricula being invented or rewritten, school systems being emasculated and budgets being slashed. (Trotsky would have enjoyed this scale of internationalisation, of course.)

All this is driven by the conclusions of global league tables that purport to use the grandest possible educational canvas to tell teachers how to run the smallest possible details of school life. "If Kyrgyzstan is doing this, and they have 2.75726 per cent better functional literacy at age 9, then we must do the same thing here," ministers say to one another. "And we must rush its introduction."

Too often the results are, well, close to shambolic. You just have to look at the introduction of the new primary curriculum in England if you want evidence.

It is ironic that there are constants in the educational world that you don't need a macro-research project to identify. Teachers and school leaders care about students. …

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