I had made a solemn promise to my blogging self not to talk any more about the propects of national curriculum since we all apparently agree on what a great boon it will be for our nation, and those students who move interstate every year, for all Australian curriculum, including content and pedagogy, to come out of Canberra where only good things happen!
However, I couldn’t resist another go at breathing life into the corpse of local and state autonomy by pointing out that Britain is about to abandon those very reforms we’re about to copy. The Guardian reports today:
In a totemic break from the Blair years, next week’s education white paper will signal the end of Labour’s national strategies for schools, which includes oversight of the literacy and numeracy hours in primaries. The changes will strip away centralised prescription of teaching methods and dramatically cut the use of private consultants currently employed to improve schools.
They will give schools more freedom and establish new networks of school-to-school support to help drive up standards in what will be described as a “new era of localism”.
It’s not all good news, of course. Britain also proposes New York style report cards for schools giving schools a grade from A to F. Funny how only schools get a report card and a grade; isn’t is possible to think outside this paradigm when we’re talking about education?