Friday, 10 May 2013

Bizarre and Ridiculous

Micheal Gove is not known for his popularity with teachers, and, as Education Secretary, has done a lot of things that have not exactly lent the coalition much credibility.

Take, for instance, the disaster of the English Baccalaureate, which was brought in with much criticism of the current system, only for the current system to be maintained. Then, we have the constant criticism that he has leveled at teachers who are actually doing the best they can considering the tight budgets.

And now, with the grace and elegance of a potato, he has declared that Breaking Dawn is clearly not part of the great tradition of English literature, and criticized a specific lesson plan, which involved imagining Hitler as a Mr Men, as infantile.

As bizarre as these claims seem, as they seem to hardly address serious issues within the education system, they are something that a huge number of people believe. There is a feeling among many that school has become too simple, too informal and too experimental, and that traditional teaching is better than the new nonsense.

The fact that this view is being held by those who do not have much experience of the education system, as they are neither students or teachers, reveals why these opinions do not actually reflect much of what school is like. There are some courses which are as useful as getting slapped twice in the face with a flip-flop, but others that are well designed and really work for the students.

School does not have to be a dry note taking session, where the only things that matter are your memory and ambition, as Micheal Gove would like to create, but should instead be something that actually engages with the students. The greatest reason why anyone does well in a subject is because they like it, something that they rarely start to do because they just can't get enough of memorizing facts.

The greatest problem with the education system is the amount of pressure that teachers are under, pressure that really is not equally spread within the different departments within a school. Micheal Gove's plans are only detached irrelevant ideas that have no grounding in reality, especially since Twilight, which I do not pretend to like, has at least helped to get people reading in a similar way to Harry Potter.

There is nothing wrong with reading books which have the ability to connect with their readership.

Micheal Gove does not really fit with the sort of credible image that the government has been trying to create. He definitely doesn't seem the type that should be in charge of education.

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