This afternoon I read with a degree of surprise that Shakespeare’s days as standard classroom fare could be numbered:
Shakespeare’s plays and other great works of literature considered too difficult for some pupils will disappear from classrooms under proposed changes to the curriculum, alarmed principals say. There are also fears that basic content in maths, history and business studies will be axed in a drive to make subjects easier, “dumbing down” schoolchildren and further undermining NCEA. Education officials are reviewing the way secondary-school subjects are assessed in preparation for the new curriculum, to be introduced from 2010.
Well that should be an easy enough re-direction for our yet to be named Education Minister! I look forward to seeing the National team in action on this one.