The other thing I was reminded of in the Caldwell notes was his reference to The Element by Ken Robinson, and the quotes below are from that book. It’s gone straight to my wishlist!
‘Education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions’ (p. 238).
‘The curriculum of education for the twenty-first century must be transformed radically. . . The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages, and math all have equal and central contributions to make to a student’s education’ (p. 247).
‘Education is being strangled persistently by the culture of standardised testing. The irony is that these tests are not raising standards except in some very particular areas, and at the expense of most of what really matters in education’ (p. 249).