Twitter is buzzing this morning with comments regarding Gove's daughter being unable to grasp history, as it is not taught chronologically. Here is a report in the Guardian
of the Times interview
It might be worth reading the full article for greater clarification, but I hope that Gove isn’t exaggerating his daughter’s uncertainties for political purposes in the way that he is milking them to push and illustrate his narrow and incompetent policies. That would be gross, surely, since his statements have already put his own daughter in the firing line of some ridicule - a shame because an innocent ought not to be punished for the sins of the guilty. But this is yet another example of his unfortunate tendency to reveal his own poor grasp of education on top of a cack-handed way of communicating his ignorance. He should have been savvy enough and protective enough of his own child to not put her in the firing line of bullets which critics aim every day at politicians.
The National Curriculum, built up, maintained and developed in line with the changing world may not yet be dead but it will certainly change and will certainly be regressive, if the pronouncements of the Education Minister are anything to go by. Does he not consider that his daughter’s “confusion” (his awful words, not mine) with chronology in history might be temporary and thus not a reason for it to influence his policy on education or the teaching of history? Is this really a good reason to bolster his pronouncements that GCSEs have to get tougher and to encourage new schools to shrink their curriculum? Does it not occur to him that reducing the National Curriculum in all ways is to reduce what is learned in schools?
The grim spectre of profit making companies running schools has been raised again by Gove who says again that he has no ideological objections to them. Not so long, it was reported that the government would not do this, fearful of public outrage, even though the Adam Smith Institute couldn’t recommend it highly enough in it’s highly biased report which we posted about here
. This constant teasing then denying by the government goes some way to prove that their critics are right to question their motives in even the most innocuous looking statements and consultations and makes their defenders more and more angry and frightened as we have seen on this site.