Can we please ensure this goes viral? To put it into context, Gove recently made a speech in which he attacked Russell Tarr who is a highly respected History teacher who runs the excellent Active History website. On the website there is an innovative and interesting resource which helps students revise, using the Mr Men template. I think it's great. Gove thinks it's "infantilising history". He is determined to take all the joy and thoughtfulness out of the subject. Total utter bastard that he is.
This man makes me so angry! I'm not a teacher or education expert of any kind but I know that children pick things up if they're taught in innovative, visual, silly etc ways. This man just wants to give out lists of facts to learn by rote because that's what worked for him.
I wish he'd stop patronising our teachers.
Incidentally I have 3 A grade A levels, a 1st class degree, masters degrees and professional qualifications in law and accountancy and for all of these I used silly visual aids to help me remember things. In fact, I can remember learning about the elements that make a Will legal by visualising a Rolls Royce with a pair of tits on the front of it. What would Gove think about that I wonder.
I just really don't understand how in a democratic country this nasty little man has got himself in a position where he is wielding so much power over our Education system and our children. I am a Historian and I also have a DD about to embark on ASs who has already been shafted at GCSE compared with her sister so I am seeing it on two fronts. I do not know of another academic who supports or has any respect for him and my DDs peers certainly don't. I suppose the only thing that can be said for it is that he has politicised them.
exactly - children need to be stimulated properly in order to learn. and who cares if it's cartoony or gimicky?
I had an A-level Physics teacher who had done a few cartoons for her students on conductivity and all of the parts of the atoms were little characters - it was a lot more interesting and useful being able to see them as real things trying to work their way through a wire than trying to learn some imaginary concept.
Yes, how did this man get so much power over our children's education? Seriously, I find it frightening and beyond bizarre that someone can ignore those who should be consulted and make far reaching policies on the basis of his own self-centered opinion.
I try and comfort myself with the thought that he hasn't got too much longer to do it all in (maybe that's why he rushes through half thought out policies all the time??!?).