Partial, Sycophantic, and Superficial: The OECD Review Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, 2021
Lindsay Paterson says recent report is “shallow, badly written and has no systematic statistical evidence base”
Reform Scotland, the independent non-partisan think tank, has today published a paper written by Edinburgh University Professor Lindsay Paterson in which he states that the recent OECD review of Curriculum for Excellence:
- did not deliberately seek out evidence that would contradict the views that were being put to the authors by the mainly establishment organisations which they consulted
- presented the evidence it collected in a misleading way
- gave no more than rhetorical treatment to the importance of knowledge in the curriculum
The full paper – Partial, Sycophantic, and Superficial: The OECD Review Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence, 2021 – says the review was shaped around the Scottish Government’s agenda, and that opposition political parties have fallen into the trap of highlighting the OECD’s focus on the implementation of the curriculum, rather than highlighting the deficiency of the entire process.