Activity 4

What should the education system aim to achieve?

John White, a professor of philosophy at London's Institute of Education, believes that the existing curriculum in England and Wales, with its emphasis on separate subjects, is a relic of 19th century attitudes to schooling. He also suggests that the values underpinning the traditional curriculum no longer apply in the 21st century.

READ: Read A Curriculum out of Time about John White's views from the Times Educational Supplement of February 23rd, 2007.

WRITE: Write about the extent to which you agree with John White that "schools should be inculcating knowledge relevant to modern society, such as the ability to live healthily, to manage money and to find fulfilment".

(Allow 25 minutes)