You may think the U.S. education system is daffy, but just look at the Brits’ struggle with the national curriculum: A government education adviser wants to stop teaching academic subjects, which are “middle class.” Instead of history, geography and science, Professor John White thinks students should “learn skills such as energy-saving and civic responsibility through projects and themes,” reports the Daily Mail. White believes that “traditional subjects were invented by the middle classes and are “mere stepping stones to wealth.” Which seems preferable to preparing students for poverty.
White served on a government curriculum committee that “reformed” schooling for 11 to 14-year-olds by “sidelining large swathes of subject content in favour of lessons on issues such as climate change and managing debt.”
Schools are supposed to focus students on meeting “personal aims.”
The aims include fostering a model pupil who “values personal relationships, is a responsible and caring citizen, is entrepreneurial, able to manage risk and committed to sustainable development.”
To be fair, many British educators think their students are poorly educated enough already. That is, they think White is crazy and that he should be dropped as a government adviser.
An elite British university, Imperial College will require applicants to take an admissions test: Too many students have A grades on the A-level exam, making it impossible to tell who are the most qualified.