Once upon a time there was a curriculum — Maths, English, etc. — in primary schools that clearly set out a standard towards which all students should strive.
Sure, some students would well and truly exceed that standard, while others would struggle, but, under the teacher’s guidance, do the very best they could with what they had!
But, today, what do we have?
Some pretty books, some whiz-bang technology, some amazingly-equipped buildings, and heaps of kids who don’t know their tables!
Oh, yes, and we have homework sheets galore that seem to challenge parents and students alike.
Maybe the old ways weren’t so bad!
Maybe a solid curriculum that DEMANDS students and teachers to stretch, to challenge themselves without having to design and redesign their particular school’s approach to the learning essentials, would be a GREAT THING for all.
But, maybe that’s just Pollyanna stuff!
We’ve done our bit, with our interest-packed homework and worded problem sheets.
But teachers and schools need to be given permission, and a concrete curriculum, that actually makes teaching more manageable for all.
Better outcomes would be the ASSURED result!
And isn’t that what we ALL want?