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New school curriculum "complete nonsense"

My husband is all over the Times, today, under the misleading headline above. He is quoted extensively by Lindsay McIntosh on the front page, with a photo and more on p13, where there's also a commentary by Magnus Linklater. Keir was part of the team which wrote the original document nearly 5 years ago, and what he was criticising was its lamentable implementation, not the vision.

And what he called "pretentious" (not "complete") nonsense was the official definition of literacy (but "pretentious" wouldn't have fitted the broadsheet headline). Officially,

Literacy is the set of skills which allows an individual to engage fully in society and in learning, through the different forms of language, and the range of texts which society values and finds useful.

Keir's "pretentious nonsense" comment referred to the above mumbo-jumbo, of which he said:

No it's not. It's about how to read and write.

The Times goes on to predict "His comments will not be welcomed by Fiona Hyslop, the Education Secretary." Keir's combination of incisive thinking and plain speaking has never endeared him to the Scottish educational establishment. So what?

The online version of the Times piece had already attracted comment by this morning.
"Mr Bloomer's definition of the word literacy is correct" says Des, from Edinburgh. "Well done Keir Bloomer. It's time someone from the education establishment came out and said what classroom teachers have been saying for long enough: CfE is a worthy cause but the implementation has been done without any real engagement with the "chalk face" . The result is educational mince!" says Peter, also from Edinburgh. Hooray for sanity and plain English.


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