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Hidden curriculum latest

In the previous post, I bleated about the refusal of my children's school to release the curriculum to me. I've been apopleptic pretty much ever since. Yesterday, however, a few details emerged on some of the innovations in the learning experience that are being promised for the new curriculum, which is being introduced over the next year or so.

From what I can gather, the powers that be in Holyrood are demanding that schools take responsibility for reducing levels of dental caries in children. To that end, my children's school will be extending its tooth brushing programme. We will have to wait for the details of how many days per week will be spent on brushing and whether the more able children will be set courses in flossing and advanced mouthwash.

We also gather that children are supposed to know how to deal with an adult having a heart attack in their presence. Whether this involves the issuing of a defibrillator to every five year old is not yet clear.

I hope nobody thinks I'm kidding about any of this. 


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My nine year old came home and told us that this term they were doing Romeo and Juliet in drama. Impressed I asked her if she like reading Shakespeare? Blank look. Did she find the ending sad? Blank look. I read the script. Silly me, not Shakespeare but a play the teacher had written in pidgin English, and appalling grammar, about Romeo and Juliet fighting over an ipod.
Give me tooth brush training.
Dec 12, 2007 at 8:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterKit
I would have thought nine was a bit young to start Shakespeare in the original.
Dec 12, 2007 at 9:37 PM | Registered CommenterBishop Hill

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