In a recent speech, commissioned by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, delivered a powerful riposte to the Michael Gove speech I referred to earlier. Not only does Matthew expose the ‘Back To Academics Basics’ driver behind a future Conservative education strategy, but he also provides a compelling alternative vision, based upon what successful schools are doing and which works. The RSA’s education projects, together with those of other charitable trusts and foundations which make up the Open Source Alliance, are demonstrating that it’s quite possible to design learning systems which can engage and include students (even those who will vote with their feet, should the Gove vision be enforced) without compromising standards.
It’s depressing that discussions around education policies invariably take oppositional and adversarial stances, but when you see the pendulum being hoist into such a radical position, what else can you do?
Matthew manages to combine firmness of conviction with even-handedness in his speech ‘Education at the Crossroads’ and I’d urge you to listen to it here.