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    (Original post by St. Brynjar)
    This is pointless when what he believes in is taking exams back to what they were like when he was a boy, because that system seemed to work okay for him. Education reform should be progressive, not regressive.
    I think this does represent one of the most worrying aspects of Gove's policy. There seems a clear wish to recreate his perception of education as it existed in the 1980s. Yet the school curriculum and examination system in England was widely seen to be in trouble in the 1980s. Hence Kenneth Baker's Education Reform Act 1988 which is the basis of the present system. Moreover, Gove's personal knowledge of the 1980s education world in England is extremely limited given that he was following an "English" curriculum at a private school in Aberdeen at the time.
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    (Original post by nulli tertius)
    I think this does represent one of the most worrying aspects of Gove's policy. There seems a clear wish to recreate his perception of education as it existed in the 1980s. Yet the school curriculum and examination system in England was widely seen to be in trouble in the 1980s. Hence Kenneth Baker's Education Reform Act 1988 which is the basis of the present system. Moreover, Gove's personal knowledge of the 1980s education world in England is extremely limited given that he was following an "English" curriculum at a private school in Aberdeen at the time.
    What about Gove's proposed educational reforms do you think is traditionalist? He's already backed down on some of the more radical proposals.
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    (Original post by Unkempt_One)
    What about Gove's proposed educational reforms do you think is traditionalist? He's already backed down on some of the more radical proposals.
    I am not saying that I disagree with all of Gove's sentiments, indeed I am favour of some of them.

    He supports linear O levels (and his 16+ reforms were trailed as a return to O levels) and A levels and terminal examinations. So do I but part of the glue of teh old examination system was the quality of the markers in a relatively small examination system. We can't replicate that with the mass public examinations system of today.

    He has an almost supernatural faith in the value of liberal arts subjects One of the major criticisms of Britain in the 50s-70s was the extent to which things were being run by Oxford classicists and the like and the extent to which specialists were sidelined in favour of these amateurs.

    He wishes to narrow the subject range to a core of subjects he values.

    I have looked back on the internet and the earliest example I can see of Gove being tarred with the brush of "young fogey" is 2000.
 
 
 
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