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Content? Skills? Or both?
Interesting debate in the Times Educational Supplement about the focus on subject content in the new national curriculum. One writer urges caution about a content-only curriculum, while the other says the academic route is essential. Despite the difference in emphasis, however, both writers stress that the best curriculum model highlights knowledge AND skills:
“Learning is of course about knowledge, but it is also about acquiring the skills that are necessary to enable and equip young people to be effective employees, citizens and lifelong learners. Subject content and learning skills should go hand in glove – it is not a question of “either or” but “both and”.
“A rigorous academic core is not about teaching people history for the sake of it or languages they don’t need, but developing skills that cross subjects and specialisms, skills that will be useful for all and in all walks of life.”