What Should be on the School Curriculum?


Who says what is important for students to learn in schools? Children represent the future so a well rounded understanding in education is essential for all students, before they then go on to decide whether or not to go onto further education. This is needed to give them the best start in life with a general knowledge they can add to in the future as they learn and discover more in the work place and in later life.


Michael Gove has recently been criticised on producing a narrow curriculum for history students, without consulting teachers and professionals whose input is a different perspective that is valuable and needs to be considered. With the subject of the history curriculum there is endless debate over whether schools should focus mainly on British History? Or does there need to be equal emphasis placed on European and Global History so that students get a well-rounded historical education and understanding of the worlds affairs? And what do we even consider to be British and European History in the first place?… It’s easy to see how this debate can get confusing, and fast.


There will always be different opinions on what people, and subject academics believe is essential to be taught in schools, but looking at the realities, it is simply impossible for everything to be taught and considerations do need to be made about what is essential and what is not.  There is the idea by some, of giving the students themselves some freedom in the choice of what’s on their curriculum but schools simply cant accommodate pupils having such vast choices over their education so hard decisions need to be made.


A new curriculum being introduced is claimed to have, reduced its content down to “essential knowledge” for the core subjects of English, Math’s and Science. However more freedom is then to be given to schools on what they teach in their other subjects with the emphasis that all schools must “provide an education that is balanced and broadly based, promoting the development of pupils and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.”


There may be tensions and disagreements amongst academics, teachers and the government’s ultimate decision. However, there needs to be flexibility and some movement from all parties as its not feasible for schools to accommodate to everyone’s preference with the time they have to teach the children each day. Students will have plenty of opportunity to study what particularly interests them when they finish their GCSE’s and begin making decisions over further education.  It is at this point subjects become more Topic specific and detailed. Prior to this education needs to be well rounded to accommodate all pupils so the future generation has basic knowledge and understanding in all areas.

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