“The time has come,” the Walrus said,”To talk of many things …” from The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)
The Rose Review has been out and about for a while now and we have reached February and the time has come to contribute to the review :
Sir Jim Rose welcomes contributions and comments on the interim report from everyone with an interest in primary education. If you wish to contribute, please use the contact details below to share your views on the interim report by 28 February 2009.
There is a real need here for teachers/educators/parents and children to have their say about what should and should not be considered a part of curriculum practice for the future. There is a chance to influence changes and if these are not taken then ‘on our own heads be it’. You can read the summaries of awareness here, and then its down to lots and lots of ‘you’ to have your say for the next generations.
To get you mind in gear for this it would be great if you could find the time to read what Ewan McIntosh says in his blog post re the works of Sir Ken Robinson and Malcolm Gladwell (the two books mentioned are really worth reading). Sir Ken comes out again and again with a shout for creativity and emphasises what we are losing by our overbearing obsession with testing and Malcolm Gladwell explains how being in the right place, with the right people at the right time has a significant effect on where you are now and where you will be in the future. Take good note of what Sir Ken says in ‘The Element’ about being in the zone and think about what that might mean to children in schools and in their homes. What it might mean to them for people to recognise when they were ‘there’.
When you have digested the views, step back and think where you stand and what you stand for and what sort of educational future you want for children … then have the strength to fight for it.
Attribution: Original image: ‘HPIM2321‘
by: Steve Johnson