Award-winning children’s author Sally Gardner today savaged the Government’s proposed new national curriculum for stifling creativity in the classroom by leaving pupils with a diet of “exams, exams, exams, exams”. This is from the Independent…
Ms Gardner, who was awarded the prestigious CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie Medial for children’s authors at a ceremony at the National History Museum at lunchtime today, said it was time for education and politics to divorce from each other.
“I come from a long line of lawyers, judges and hopeless marriages so consider myself an expert in the subject of divorce,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Which is why I’d like to see a divorce in the case of politics versus state education.
“Over recent years this relationship has deteriorated beyond repair, forced schools and teachers to accommodate the whims and egos of ministers with virtually no knowledge of the departments they take over, bringing in policies that damage the future of a whole generation of children.
“What a hypocritical partner politics has turned out to be – it says it wants more children reading yet it forces libraries to close: says it wants more great diversity yet insists on uniform exams for all.”
Ms Gardner, who herself is dyslexic and was written off as “unteachable” whilst at school in an age when the condition was not recognised, said: “Wouldn’t it be better if we could let teachers do what they do best – teach. Not judge each child on a series of standardised tests. Let schools embrace, not exclude, those like me with a different way of thinking.
“Stop praising literacy with one hand and closing libraries with the other.”
Does Sally Gardner make valid points? If politicians aren’t going to be involved in education then who is going to be in charge? Parents? Teachers? Pupils? How do you think education could work if politicians no longer had any influence?