Originally Posted by 5kgLifter
The 3 important areas they should be concentrating on, they've destroyed: writing, reading and arithmetic/mathematics (the two of which, as far as I recall, were never separated when I was at school but apparently these days they can select one or the other and that's just pure mental, IMO).
Babs, the new OFSTED criteria for lesson observation explicitly require teachers to be moving kids' literacyand articulacy (if that's a word) on, regardless of subject. Schools can be failed on kids showing substandard literacy. There is currently a massive push on literacy, and to a lesser extent numeracy.
If that Telegraph story has any grounding in reality, it's pretty horrifying. Fiction is one of the key ways kids can be taught to think about the variety of human experience, and the big moral and ethical questions.
A friend of mine is an english teacher, and he puts it like this: 'we don't want to turn out kids who know how to construct a gas chamber, but don't question why they shouldn't do it'. A bit melodramatic, maybe, but I agree with the sentiment.