Observations on the OECD Report
SCHOOL CURRICULUM LACKS KNOWLEDGE, SAY EXPERTS
The Commission on School Reform, the independent group of education experts set up by the think tank Reform Scotland, today calls for the acquisition of knowledge to take its place alongside the acquisition of skills in Scotland’s school curriculum.
The Commission, which is composed of teachers and other education experts, has published its latest paper – Observations on the OECD Report – in which it makes clear that skills cannot be taught without knowledge, and that skills depend on knowledge to give them purpose and meaning.
The OECD report had commented on the failure of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) to identify the role of knowledge; the Commission’s report goes further by stating that educational disadvantage as a result of poverty can only be rectified if we make the acquisition of knowledge, as a way to acquire cultural capital, central to the curriculum.
In addition to this, and amongst a series of other conclusions, the Commission calls on the Scottish Government to:
- Radically simplify the implementation of CfE, which currently has 20,000 pages of guidance for teachers
- Offer minimal national strategic guidance; instead promote extensive local discretion and build school empowerment into legislation
- Establish a genuinely independent inspectorate