Corruption of the Curriculum

By Shirley Lawes, et al
June 2007
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9781903386590          
156 Pages, Illustrated, 5 ½” x 8 ½”
$24.50 Paper Original

The authors of this book examine the British National Curriculum from several different perspectives and concentrate on various subject areas.

The uniting theme between these essays is the argument that the subjects in the school curriculum used to be regarded as discrete areas of knowledge which would be imparted to pupils by teachers motivated by a love of learning, but that this has not been enough for recent governments who see schools as a means of promoting social and political goals that may or may not relate to traditional academic disciplines.

The contributors to this book argue that we need to return to the traditional view of education as a means of transmitting a body of knowledge from one generation to the next, and that academic rigor and respect for the professionalism of teachers should take precedence over political manipulation of the curriculum.

Table of Contents

Contents Page Authors vi Editor's Preface Robert Whelan ix Introduction: Politics, Politics, Politics! Frank Furedi
1 English As A Dialect Michele Ledda
11 Geography Used To Be About Maps Alex Standish
28 The New History Boys Chris McGovern
58 Appendix 1
83 Appendix 2
84 Foreign Languages Without Tears? Shirley Lawes
86 Teaching By Numbers Simon Patterson
98 What Is Science Education For? David Perks
109 Notes
141 Index 156

Social Policy; Education

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