When is a school not a school?


I am currently writing an article asking the question – when is a school not a school? I have a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ at present about Curriculum for Excellence – and whether the marriage to Scottish education is actually working.

I believe that a 21st Century Education means that ‘schools’ must produce scientists, musicians, scholars, engineers, trades people and artists if they are to compete in a global, economic market. At present, and this and a tradition thing, we focus too much in churning out young people with as many qualifications as possible simply to drive statistics under the auspices of improving life chances.

How does that enrich the curriculum and produce successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens? The answer is – it doesn’t and that is why we are failing our children and young people.

There are some excellent examples which demonstrate that the CfE philosophy is absolutely the best thing to happen to Scottish education – but there are also some whopping big barriers to progress. Watch this space for my next post – and I apologise in advance it reads as a bit of a rant. I need to get some things off my chest before it is too late!

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3 comments

  1. whatsaysyou

    A school is not a school if it

    1.) does not allow critical and creative thinking

    2.) does not prepare kids for life outside school

    3.) does not put emphasis on arts, music and humanities education

    4.) does not cater to gifted kids and children with disabilities and learning disorders.

  2. whatsaysyou

    You are welcome, Lee. Another thing when a school is not a school when it has a very rigid education policy that does not support language maintenance or foreign language classes for minority school kids.

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