A quick follow up to yesterday’s post. Opening Minds was cited in a further two articles, one positive, one not so much negative as apoplectic.
The Guardian’s Jenni Russell gives us a breath of fresh air, by bemoaning the Today programme’s tendency to avoid looking at what is interesting about the Rose Review, and continue to look ‘through the tired old lens of progressive versus traditional teaching’. It was really gratifying that to make her case she could turn to an example of practice in an Opening Minds primary school to illustrate what is really at stake – ‘[unleashing pupils’] enthusiasm and…desire to learn’.
And then we saw this fiery response in the Yorkshire Post which cites a separate example of such practice. In doing so, it manages to attack an apparently successful school using an integrated curriculum at Key Stage 3 based on Opening Minds. According to the article, this school gets good results at GCSE, and yet it is asserted that pigs will fly before kids get a good education from such a school…
Growing numbers of schools are innovating with their curriculum, and the government are responding too. While the service students get from schools is changing, the service the public get from the media is all too often stuck in the past.