Hong Kong rejects content-based curriculum

Janet Downs's picture
The Hong Kong education Minister told the Times Educational Supplement that the territory's success is down to explicit teaching of the learning and thinking skills rejected by Mr Gove. The Hong Kong under-secretary for education says theirs is "not a content based curriculum... We are not asking students to memorise a whole set of facts and be able to regurgitate them."

Mr Gove rightly praises Hong Kong as a top-performer and says that the United Kingdom can learn from their education system. However, he compromises his evidence-based approach by ignoring ideas with which he does not agree.

Hong Kong moves forward while the UK moves backwards.
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Francis Gilbert's picture
Fri, 28/01/2011 - 23:56

I couldn't agree more with the central point here: developing "skills" -- transferable skills -- needs to be at the heart of our National Curriculum. The most forward-thinking countries realise this. Sadly, this is not the case here.

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