Biggest laugh of the year
I was amused yesterday to read the article on the front page of the Telegraph yesterday headlined Children must learn their times tables by age of nine
on Coalition plans to "radically toughen up the National Curriculum".http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/89 ... -nine.html
Fair play: it would be a good idea, though I seem to recall that when I went into Miss Butterworth's class when I was six we started on a vigorous regime of table learning and spelling tests. Of course, some learnt and some didn't! The former went to the Grammar school, the latter to the Secondary Modern.
My real laugh came later in the article when I read this:
"A new-style English curriculum may also lead to the introduction of distinct lessons in grammar and more rigorous reading lists covering Homer, Sophocles and Shakespeare amid fears too many pupils are “limited to a diet of John Steinbeck”."
Grammar: fine! But Sophocles! Gawd 'elp us! Have these people actually read Sophocles? Plays about patricide and incest - and it's ancient Greek not English. And Homer; he's all about murder and warfare - and Greek into the bargain. Strange too how Steinbeck, one of the most gifted and most difficult American writers of the 20th century, is derided.
But I suppose education at Eton must be different from here in the real world