Curriculum-free zones – let’s do it! | noreply@blogger.com (MichaelRosen)

In the last two or three years I’ve heard from teachers more and more bitter criticisms of the straitjacket put on reading comprehension, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling. The ‘expected levels’ in all this – particularly at Key Stage 2 have gone beyond ‘difficult’ or ‘annoying’ to ‘crazy’ and ‘disastrous’.

Several key areas have emerged:
1. Artificial criteria for what makes ‘good writing’ – that is, having to insert structures such as ‘fronted adverbials’ or ’embedded relative clauses’ as if this is what constitutes ‘good writing’.
2. Grammar taken out of context, with questions…

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