Education & the riots
09 Aug 2011
I liked this post on 'what happens after the riots?' from the education expert and Senior Associate at the Innovation Unit, David Price OBE. Lots of good points, which I thought worth sharing as a thought-provoking, non knee-jerk response to the way ahead once the immediate policing issues are resolved. His answer: involving young people in decisions about their education and communities.
In particular, he writes:
'David Cameron's vision of a 'Big Society' went up in smoke this week, alongside scores of buildings and homes, so we'll need another big 'post riot' idea. I would like to nominate one: a national education debate on what we want our young people to learn in school. Because the disengagement for many of these young people begins in school, when their interest in learning is sacrificed in pursuit of high-stakes testing and the attendant 'drilling-and-killing', worksheets instead of work experience, doing learning to them, not with them; when the very notion of a 'values-driven curriculum' is seen as dangerous left-wing nonsense, and the dominance of academic knowledge has driven out any respect for schools whose kids wanted to learn real-life, practical skills.'
Here's the link to the full post: davidpriceblog.posterous.com/what-happens-after-the-riots